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Bidzina Ivanishvili's 100 days2013-02-06 14:48
Stop playing with the "National Movement" in the political ping-pong, to continue the normalization of relations with Russia, once again not to name a presidential candidate from the coalition "Georgian Dream" - these are the main topics the Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili spoke about at the press conference, summing up 100 days of the government and talking about future plans.
Ivanishvili stated that in general he was satisfied with the work of the government and was not planning reshuffling in the Cabinet in the near future. A few questions about his conflict with the Defense Minister and former deputy Prime Minister Irakli Alasania Ivanishvili commented as follows: "Alasania is young politician, and he has made a mistake when he had begun to discuss a candidate to be nominated for president within his own party. But this incident is settled, Irakli is member of our coalition; I have had several meetings with him after I had released him from the post of the Vice-Premier. He occupies a very important position - the Minister of Defense, and I think he'll to cope with the task", said Prime Minister.
Georgian foreign policy was an important part of the press conference which lasted for nearly three hours. Prime Minister spoke mostly about the need to normalize relations with Russia. A major achievement on this way, Ivanishvili said, is the agreement with Russia on the resumption of supply of Georgian wine. Prime Minister is optimistic and believes that it is possible to start negotiations with Russia over supplies of other Georgian agricultural products. "We have to ensure very high quality of Georgian products to be exported to Russia. Resumption of Georgian wine supply should not adversely affect its quality. Simultaneously, Russia should provide control over the counterfeit products; and the Georgian wine must be exported to Russia only from Georgia, not from other countries in the form of fake, which is very dangerous for human health", said Ivanishvili.
He also stressed that Russia had not been against the resumption of supply of Georgian wine, while the former authorities of Georgia opposed this.
The Prime Minister believes that the issues of Abkhazia and South Ossetia can also be resolved through dialogue. He noted that it is first necessary to establish humanitarian contacts. One of such projects is the construction of a pipeline to bring gas to several Ossetian villages from Georgia.