Monday, April 06, 2009

STATEMENT: Re-setting Georgia's relationship with Russia

by Erosi Kitsmarishvili

It is time to restore relations between Russia and Georgia, argues Ambassador Kitsmarishvili, Georgia's ambassador in Moscow until the war in August 2008.

I was the last ambassador of Georgia to Russia, though I was only in Moscow for a couple of months before the outbreak of war. Working with Russian colleagues, the main emphasis of my team was on creating the necessary conditions for "restarting" Georgian-Russian relations and developing a positive agenda for bilateral relations. The onset of military operations in August 2008 and other considerations meant that we were unable to reach a positive outcome.

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