Zurab Abashidze: Russia stops seeking recognition of Abkhazia, Ossetia

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Zurab Abashidze Photo: Tabula

Russia has dropped efforts to make foreign countries recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and that is the achievement of the new Georgian government, Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for Relations with Russia, said on the Imedi TV program on 8 August.

According to Zurab Abashidze, the new government did not hope that it would shortly achieve "extraordinary success" in the relations with Russia and listed those achievements which, in his opinion, have already been reached with Moscow. Those include the decrease of the threat of renewal of armed conflict; the opening of the Russian market for certain Georgian goods; and Georgia "looking respectable and serious" in the international arena owing to its new policy towards Russia.

Moreover, "Russia, at least at this stage, will not continue the recognition policy and the search of new countries of the Indian ocean and so on and so forth," Abashidze said.

"A question arises - at what price? At no price. We have paid nothing for that. We have not made any compromise, any concession for that," the prime minister's special representative declared.

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