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Vashadze: Georgia will not restore relations with Moscow because of South Ossetia and Abkhazia2009-01-26 12:09
Grigol Vashadze, the Foreign minister of Georgia, stated that Tbilisi still regards situation with South Ossetia and Abkhazia as an obstacle to normalization of relations with Russia-ITAR TASS. ""I am pessimistic on the issue of restoring large-scale diplomatic relations with Russia," he announced in his interview to Vremya Novostey, published today.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Vashadze reminded that in Washington D.C.,on January 9th , Georgia and the USA signed the Charter on strategic partnership. "I am ready to sign a similar document with Moscow, but only if Russia learns to respect the fundamental things such as Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty," the Georgian diplomat said and added that "Moscow expressed no such intentions so far."
Talking of OSCE monitoring mission in Georgia, Vashadze stated that Georgian side suggests to "We propose to prolong the mandate and until it is effective to sit to the negotiating table," he stated. However, "there is still no Russia's response, "the Minister added.
"We are in constant talks with the European Union discussing an opportunity for increasing the strength of international observers in Georgia, if there are no OSCE and UN missions," Vashadze said. "We want to preserve the presence of all international organizations," he stated.