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Slutskiy: Georgia’s quitting CIS is a hasty and demonstrative step2009-08-17 17:17
Georgia's quitting CIS [the Commonwealth of Independent States] is a hasty and demonstrative step, believes Leonid Slutskiy, the deputy chairman of Russian State Duma's committee for foreign relations - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The decision on quitting the Commonwealth will give Georgia nothing except unnecessary trouble and doubtful political effect; it will only affect its citizens negatively".
"Now Tbilisi will have to restore agreements which were signed in the framework of CIS, including ones on visa-free movements, also on educational and labour migration. In the present-day situation it can be problematic", Slutskiy mentioned.
He believes that the Georgian government just corners itself, but the quit shouldn't be dramatized.
Previously Georgia Times reported that on August 18th 2009 Georgia officially and finally quits CIS. The process was started on August 12th 2008, when Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, decided to quit CIS as a protest against the Russian "occupation" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The country will continue participation in 70 agreements of the Commonwealth. These are the ones in which not only CIS members can be the parties. In the course of its stay in the Commonwealth Georgia signed 113 many-sided accord of non-military character.