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The Federation Council of Russia gave the floor to the Georgians and Russians

2009-06-08 17:03

2980.jpegSeveral well-known public figures living in Moscow and Tbilisi have met with the Russian senators. Together they tried to find possible ways of settling the disputes and establishing further cooperation between the two countries in the context of social, economical, cultural and humanitarian development.

A meeting dedicated to the Georgian-Russian relationship took place on June, 3 at the Federation Council; however, the meeting might rather be considered to be the example of "the national diplomacy" than an official event.


According to Regions.Ru, the Russian party was represented by Deputy Chairwoman of the Federation Council Svetlana Orlova. She has confirmed RF's official position in respect of the August conflict that has finally embroiled the two countries: "The events in South Ossetia were given an estimate. Russia has never attacked anyone, and the world community knows that".

No wonder that many Georgians, even on realizing the guilt of their government in attacking Tskhinval, cannot put up with the final loss of their two territories that followed. Still, even a sore subject like this should not impede the rebuilding of relationship between the people. Both Russia and Georgia admit that one should start with informal meetings and joint discussions of the long-standing problems.

According to Svetlana Orlova, cooperation of the Federation Council with the Georgian public and religious organizations "is of great importance". "We are all patriots; still, the truth has got no nationality. Unfortunately, the truth is strictly measured out. We do not always get an objective estimation of the current events, this fact much hindering our relationship. Today we should speak of stabilization and mending relationship via the public opinion", - Ludmila Narusova, Chairwoman of the Federation Council Committee for Informational Policy, supported Orlova's statement. According to her, Russia and Georgia have been inseparably connected with each other for many centuries, "which is impossible to forget or eliminate".

The question of building communication with Georgia can be treated alternatively, for instance, one could start with mending economical relations. It is not without reason that the Georgian experts often say that the controlling interest of Georgia, should one consider it as a stock company, has long passed to the Russian businessmen having the Georgian origin. The participant of the meeting on the Russian side, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Agricultural and Food Policy and Fisheries Industry Maxim Kavdzaradze also stated that the first point is to let the Georgian products flow into the Russian market, including agricultural products, such as wine, grapes, fruit. "This is where the big-time politics start", - the senator with the Georgian surname is sure; he was born and grew up in Moscow.

The representatives of the Georgian expatriate community and guests from Tbilisi also shared their views as to the possible ways of reconciling the two countries. The meeting was attended by Director of Georgia-film Revaz Chkheidze, journalist and Professor Elizbar Javelidze, lawyer Nugzar Kakhniauri, Vice President of the Georgian Nations World Congress Badri Meladze and church officers Amiran Gvazava and Givi Dadunashvili.

Revaz Chkheidze said that Georgia is a self-sufficient country and the Georgians will have to choose their way. "The students and the young have got a clear idea of the situation and perfectly distinguish between a friend and an enemy", - he pointed out.

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