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Alasania: Georgia won't start war with Russia2013-01-31 11:47
Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said in an interview to the BBC Russia that Tbilisi was not going to address the problem of the return of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by military means.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Alasania said that his government intends to develop trade and infrastructure links with Sukhum and Tskhinval, and only in the future to negotiate on the political status of these territories.
"I want to say that I am the Minister of Defense of the country, 20% of which is occupied by Russia, and, of course, for me, the main problem is not to allow escalation between Russia and Georgia in the future, that is the policy of pragmatism, on which the new government of Bidzina Ivanishvili has focused. It is very important for us, since we must have relationships with the Russian Federation, despite the fact that we underwent the war four years ago. I think that trade and cultural relations - this is areas we should start from. We have no illusions that in the very near future, Russia will change the political views on the priority of Georgia to become a member of NATO or the EU, or change its attitude to the territorial integrity. But we have to start somewhere. And I think that a pragmatic approach of Ivanishvili and our government will bring results", said Alasania.
According to the Armenia Today, answering the question whether Georgia is ready to sign a document on non-use of force with Russia, Alasania said: "We are ready to sign a declaration, but it should be adequate to the reality, and the reality is that Russia is occupying our territory, and it should be part of our declaration".