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Georgia doesn't plan restoration of diplomatic relations with Russia2013-04-30 12:29
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maya Pandzhikidze, negotiations on the restoration of diplomatic relations with Russia do not take place since 20% of the Georgian territories are occupied by Russia, and Russia has recognized them as independent states, the OSRadio reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"As long as 20% of the Georgian territories are occupied by Russia, the restoration of diplomatic relations is excluded. The second reason is that the inalienable territory of Georgia was recognized by Russia as independent states, and as long as Russia doesn't abolish the recognition and de-occupy Georgia, the establishment of diplomatic relations with the state-occupier is impossible," said Pandzhikidze.
In early March, Georgian Parliament started the process of mitigation of the punishment for "illegal entry" into the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Supporters of the president Mikheil Saakashvili have called the government's initiative "unacceptable concession to Moscow."
On April 2, the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs approved the government's initiative on "partial decriminalization of crossing the Abkhaz and South Ossetian sections of the Georgian-Russian border from Russia."