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Georgian Foreign Ministry handed over a protest note to Russia on the situation with the building in Moscow

2011-11-14 15:48

Georgian Foreign Ministry handed over a protest note to to their Russian colleagues in connection with the problems associated with the operation of the Consular Service of the Georgian Interests Section at the Swiss Embassy in Moscow. As reported by "Georgia-News", Georgian Consular Service in Moscow was left without electricity for the third time, the document says. The last time the power outages occured on October 21. Since then, the work of Consular Services is limited.

"November 11, we talked with the Ambassador of Switzerland in Georgia (Gunther Behlerom) and gave him one more note to Russia. This note was handed over to Russia through the embassy of Switzerland in August", the deputy head of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nino Kalandadze explained in an interview at a briefing.

"We had several talks with Switzerland, as well as with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Swiss side, on the issue of electricity supply restoration. Despite this, Russia did not take into account our requirements", said Kalandadze.

"We will have one more attempt to negotiate with Russia on this issue, but if there are no results, we will take other steps", she added.

Prior to that, Georgian Foreign Ministry stated, that actions of the Russian side violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Swiss Confederation on the implementation of representing interests of Georgia in the Russian Federation by the Swiss Confederation of March 4, 2009.

For the first time, the electricity in the building on Ostozhenka 26/1 in Moscow was shut down in early August. The owner of the building - JSC RusInvestProekt - argued that it was due to the fact that the Georgian side does not pay the debts for the rent of the building and utilities.

On the issue of arrears of rent and utility payments of 25 million rubles, there was scheduled a hearing in the Arbitration Court of Moscow on February 1, 2012 .

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