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Abashidze: Progress in Georgian-Russian relations won't be achieved in near future2013-05-15 14:52
According to the Special Representative of the Prime Minister for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze, the government has no illusions that progress in relations with Russia will be reached in the near future. He said this after a meeting with members of the Monitoring Committee of PACE, the Tbilisi Week reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"We have discussed the Georgian-Russian relations, in particular, the issues of the dialogue that began in December last year at the initiative of the Prime Minister. Our guests are interested in what stage is the process, our future plans, when the next meeting will take place and so on," said Abashidze.
"In our opinion, in this direction there is some result, I mean the trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian areas. But there are serious problems and probably their solutions will take time. I have stressed that we had no illusions and exaggerated expectations that progress in these respects would be reached quickly. But it should be noted that small changes already take place," Abashidze added.
Recall, in early May, Energy Minister of Georgia Kakha Kaladze stated that Georgia might renew the purchase of natural gas from Russia, but at the moment did not negotiate on this issue.
"It is important that the sources (of gas supply) were diversified, in the market there was more competition which would affect the prices. If today, especially in the winter, we buy electricity from Russia, why not to purchase, for example, gas? If this is not acceptable for our country and does not affect the rates of gas positively, of course, we would not do it," Kaladze said.