Russia is ready to restore diplomatic relations with Georgia

kiev toursMarch 2. Russia is ready to introduce visa free regime with Georgia on the mutual basis and to restore diplomatic relations with it.

This is stated in the statement of Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, promulgated on March 2 in connection with the Georgia’s announcement of visa-free regime for Russian citizens.

"We’re ready to establish non-visa regime for Georgian citizens on the reciprocal basis. This requires Georgian side to provide reliable legal conditions that would guarantee the safety of Russians visiting Georgia. We also propose to restore diplomatic relations between our countries" - said Lukashevich.

The statement also noted that Russia "has always stood for the preservation and strengthening of the humanitarian dialogue between our peoples, for the maximum facilitation of contacts between people". But the war in August 2008 and further the Georgian side’s break of diplomatic relations with Russia "have undermined these ties."

Russian Foreign Ministry once again rebuked Tbilisi in anti-Russian propaganda and remembered its steps towards normalization of the situation. "But even in this situation, we strive to make the maximum possible."

In particular, the Ministry noted that "ground connection and direct flights between the two countries were restored, visas for Russians traveling relatives are freely issued, cultural and academic exchanges are encouraged."

"Our task is to not allow to break the traditional historical closeness of our fraternal peoples. And we’ll continue to follow this course " - said O.Lukashevych.

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