On October 19th, the Prime Minister’s special representative for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, met Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in Prague. Upon returning to Prague, Abashidze stated that there would likely be a Russian-Georgian Business forum held sometime in November or December.
“In the wake of the elections, we have an opportunity continue dialogue [with Russia]. Also, it would appear that there is a willingness on the part of Russian businessmen to come to Georgia, likely sometime in November or December. Levels of export and import have also increased over the past nine months.”
Georgian Dream member Gia Volski has also commented on Russia-Georgia Relations: “Deepening social and economic cooperation with Russia depends on the willingness of both sides, but the occupation line puts everything into perspective. However, strengthening relations is very important including in the economic ties, so that we can sit at the table and solve many political issues.”
The meeting in Prague was held as part of an informal bilateral dialogue that was launched in late 2012. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the next meeting is expected to be held in the beginning of 2017.