Lavrov: Russia is developing contacts with Georgia
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on situation with the Russian-Abkhazian relations - the Russian Foreign Ministry website reported.
Lavrov pointed out that Moscow will not engage in dialogue with the person who gave the order to fire on Russian citizens. The minister also assured that the U.S. and Europe is aware very well of what was really happening in Tskhinval in August 2008.
"I can assure you that even those states whose leaders officially and constantly talk about the need to respect Georgia's territorial integrity and express sympathy with the position of the current Georgian regime in public, in private talks are pretty acquainted with the issue. They know everything and say that they were forced to make such statements based on the so-called political expediency" - said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He added that there is not a single serious politician, who would not know all details of the issue, in the West.
The Foreign Minister also noted that today the contacts between Russia and Georgia are developing.
"We're ready - with the exception of the Mikhail Saakashvili - to develop business, pragmatic and mutually beneficial contacts in many different areas. Contacts in the energy sector have never been interrupted. For example, air communication was resumed. Recently, air communication was expanded to such cities such as Yekaterinburg, Kutaisi (between Moscow-Tbilisi and St. Petersburg such communication has been operating for several months). Humanitarian contacts are ongoing: Georgian film directors and actors come to Moscow to take part in productions of plays "- Lavrov said.