MFA: Tbilisi lays down conditions for the restoration of diplomatic relations with Russia

In December last year, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Panjikidze stated that the republic’s authorities exclude the possibility of the restoration of diplomatic relations with Moscow until Russia’s recognition of “the territorial integrity of Georgia.”

“Two” integral part of Georgia, “recognized by Russia as independent states. In Tskhinvali and Sukhumi Russia has its diplomatic missions and exercises with these” so-called “the capital of diplomatic relations in full. Russia does not recognize the” territorial integrity of Georgia. “In these conditions it is impossible to discuss the question of the restoration of diplomatic relations with Russia, “- said” Kommersant “the words Panjikidze.
On the eve of the informed source in the Georgian government told the newspaper view that the scheduled for December the final meeting of the working group for the registration of the contract with the Swiss company SGS to monitor cargo at the border between Russia and Georgia postponed for at least a month due to the fact that the Russian and Georgian sides Therefore still can not come to an agreement “on a number of fundamental components.”

Agreement on such monitoring of goods at the border with Georgia, including on the border with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, was signed in late 2011. The former Georgian authorities in exchange for Tbilisi on Russia’s membership in the WTO.

Georgia and Russia have no diplomatic relations following the 2008 war.

The Georgian-Russian agreement, which removed the last barrier to Russia’s WTO membership, were issued in Geneva on December 9, 2011 under the mediation of Switzerland. It includes two documents - the Customs Administration and the basic principles of the monitoring mechanism of trade, as well as a memorandum of understanding with the approval of Switzerland’s role as a neutral third party.

The head of the Duma Committee for International Affairs Alexei Pushkov admitted the complete abolition of the visa regime with Georgia.

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