Russia Is Interested in Normalizing Relations with Georgia – Valentina Matviyenko
Russia is interested in establishing a dialogue with Georgia, Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said.
This statement was made by the Russian politician after a meeting with the deputies of the Georgian parliament. During the negotiations, Russian and Georgian parliamentarians discussed the problems of humanitarian cooperation between the two countries. In addition, the parties agreed on the need to restore normal dialogue between representatives of the political authorities of Russia and Georgia. According to Matviyenko, the ultimate goal of the foreign policy courses of Moscow and Tbilisi is the establishment of friendly relations between the two fraternal peoples.
"The meeting between the deputies of both countries is an optimistic signal that we intend to normalize relations between our countries", Matviyenko stressed.
She added that Russia is always ready for dialogue with any state in order to eliminate disagreements and develop common positions on key issues of world politics.
Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Tbilisi were broken in August 2008 on the initiative of the Georgian side. The reason for this was Russia's recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as sovereign states. The Kremlin took this decision after the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia and the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Tskhinval and Ossetian villages.