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Saakashvili: Georgia and Russia will soon normalize relations2012-06-27 15:45
Relations between Georgia and Russia improve after the Russian military leave the territory of Georgian and it will happen sooner than anyone could imagine. According to the News-Georgia, Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili stated this on Tuesday, June 26, speaking at the anniversary summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Istanbul. According to Saakashvili, Georgia has good relations with all countries of the BSEC, except of Russia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"When Russia withdraws its troops from Georgia, which will happen for sure, the relationship between our two countries must be settled. It will happen sooner than anyone could imagine", Saakashvili said.
Georgian president stressed that Georgia "did not consider Russia as an enemy, despite its occupation of Georgian territory". "We have supported Russia on the path to the WTO and have not interfered in its accession to this organization. We have established a visa-free regime for the Russian citizens, which was also a serious message for Russian citizens", the News.am led Saakashvili's words.
During his visit to Turkey, Saakashvili also held bilateral meetings with leaders of countries participating in the summit.
The summit was attended by the leaders of the twelve BSEC Member States.
Georgia is one of the founding countries of the BSEC since 1992 and participant of all the major processes of the organization.