Another meeting between Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Grigory Karasin with the special representative of Prime Minister of Georgia on settlement of relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze met in Prague.
MOSCOW, 19 Nov. The Russian Federation confirmed its readiness to work on the liberalisation of visa requirements for Georgian citizens, stated the Russian foreign Ministry following the meeting, Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin with the special representative of Prime Minister of Georgia on settlement of relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze.
The next meeting of Abashidze with Karasin took place on Thursday in Prague. As usual, discussed the humanitarian, economic and cultural issues.
“The Russian side confirmed its readiness to continue to work on the liberalization of the regime for issuing visas to Georgian citizens visiting Russia”, — said in comments published on the website of the foreign Ministry.
The foreign Ministry noted that “in spite of the differences in approaches to fundamental political issues, the business atmosphere of the Prague meetings successful and beneficial to solve practical issues of bilateral relations”.
In particular, the parties “reaffirmed the independent significance of the format of the Geneva discussions as an important factor of security and stability the PA South Caucasus”.
In addition, “with satisfaction ascertained that, despite the unfavorable macroeconomic situation, the reduction of the volume of bilateral trade was insignificant.” “A positive role in this played the pragmatic attitude of Georgia to normalize relations with Russia and Russian non-use of protective measures in connection with the signing by Georgia of an Association Agreement and a free trade zone with the EU”, — said the Russian depodesta.
Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia in response to Moscow’s recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in August 2008 after the armed aggression of Tbilisi against Tskhinvali. Representatives of the new Georgian government that came to power after the elections in October 2012, was named one of the top priorities of foreign policy normalization of relations with Russia.
At the moment, the dialogue between Russia and Georgia supported in the framework of the Geneva discussions and regular meetings of Zurab Abashidze and Gregory Karasin held in Prague. The meeting format did not include consideration of political questions, they deal with highly specific matters of trade, transport, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.