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President of Georgia ready to negotiate with Russia2010-06-25 18:43
Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, claimed the republic is ready to conduct comprehensive dialog with Russia on return of 500 000 refugees, withdrawal of military bases from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and normalization of bilateral relations in all aspects - Novosti-Gruzia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Georgia wasn't the initiator of the existing confrontation and not interested in continuation of situation escalation," he said.
The Georgian leader also hailed the dialog between the USA and Russia.
Previously Barack Obama, the U.S. President, stated Washington and Moscow still have some discords on situation around Georgia, but the two superpowers see the prospects of maintaining stability in South Caucasus.
He called these prospects one of the directions in partnership relations.
In his turn, Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Russia, said the USA and Russia have divergences, in particular, in the issue of August war of 2008 consequences, but it doesn't' impede discussing future and starting new mechanisms of concerts over the issue.
Russia recognized independency of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in August 26th 2008. Prior to it Georgia drew troops in South Ossetia on August 8th 2008. In result of this military aggression the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinval, was nearly fully ruined, over 200 civilians and peacekeepers were killed. In response Russia conducted a peace enforcement operation to protect Russian citizens.