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RF regrets Georgia's refusal to restore diplomatic relations

2012-03-12 14:49

Deputy Director of Press and Information Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated Moscow regretted Georgia's refusal to restore diplomatic relations.

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As reported by Utro.ru, Deputy Director of Press and Information Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated Moscow regretted Georgia's refusal to restore diplomatic relations.

"In response to our proposal to restore diplomatic relations the Georgian side has once again laid terms, namely the abolition of the formal recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Thus, Tbilisi is not going to reconsider its decision to sever diplomatic relations with Russia, made in September 2008. The Russian initiative from March 2 this year, which could actually contribute to the normalization of relations, was rejected. This is disappointing, though hardly surprising for anybody", she said.

At the same time, Georgian Foreign Minister believes that under Putin Russia's foreign policy won't change. Kalandadze stated: "Putin's presidency means that this vast and resource-rich country has again got low re-development perspective. The most important thing is that we and the international community are adequately assessing the situation and have no illusions that after Putin's return Russia's foreign policy is somehow able to change".

Recall, Georgia severed diplomatic relations with Russian Federation after the events of August 2008, when Georgian troops attacked and partly destroyed the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinval. To protect South Ossetians, many of whom have taken Russian citizenship, Russia sent troops into the country and after five days of fighting ousted Georgian troops from the region.

 

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