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Mikhail Saakashvili and Terms of Reconciliation2012-03-05 14:29
According to the Echo Moskvy , Georgia is ready to re-establish diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation only if Russian authorities recognize Georgia's territory sovereignty in its pre-war borders. Saakashvili stated this after Georgia had abolished visa regime with Russia.
As reported bu the Rosbalt.ru, Mikhail Saakashvili said that Georgia would not restore diplomatic relations with Russia as long as the RF continues to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
"If Russia would reconsider its decision of August 26, 2008 on the recognition of these so-called republics and starts de-occupation of our country, we would be ready to restore relations", said the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Sergei Kapanadze, according to the edition.
The edition Zagolovki.ru reported today, the Georgian opposition leaders believed that having proposed to restore the relationship, Russia has offered Georgia to get used to the terms of so-called new reality, and having positively regarded the possibility of abolition the visa regime at the same time. "At the present time, any constructive talks between the Russian and Georgian authorities are impossible. Statement by Russia have once again borne erroneous position of the Georgian politicians who are willing to re-focus on Russia and to get close to Russia at the expense of giving up the U.S. and NATO plans", the edition quoted the politician, the rector of the Diplomatic Academy of Georgia Soso Tsintsadze.
As recalled by the RIA.ru, March 2, President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the Russian Foreign Ministry to begin the process of restoring diplomatic relations with Georgia, severed after the war in August 2008 and the recognition by the Russian Federation unilaterally Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the abolition of the visa regime for Georgian citizens.
"The severance of the relations was not our initiative. This was caused by the events of August 2008, and it was necessary", Saakashvili said according the edition.
"With regard to the abolition of the visa regime - we made it to allow the Russian citizens of Georgian origin meet with their relatives, visit their homeland, as well as to give the part of Russian society, which is interested in Georgia, an opportunity to invest, develop tourism and to do business here", the RIA.ru quoted Georgian President.
Recall, Georgia unilaterally abolished visa regime with the Russian Federation on March 1. The corresponding President's decree came into force the same day after publication on the website of the "Legislative Bulletin of Georgia".
Under the new decree, the citizens of the Russian Federation do not need visa to enter Georgia and stay on its territory within 90 days.
At the same time, Saakashvili told reporters: "Georgia is free country, and the more Russian people visit the unoccupied part of our country, the more information they receive. They also will enjoy our wine, mineral water, feasts and hospitality. It would be better for our prospects for long-term relationships".