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    MOSCOW – A cocktail-party chat that lasted only minutes has triggered hopes that the country's troubled relations with Georgia might be headed for substantial recovery.
    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had a conversation with his Georgian counterpart, Bidzina Ivanishvili, during a reception at the Davos World Economic Forum late Wednesday, Medvedev's spokeswoman, Natalya Timakova, said Thursday. "Both prime ministers were at the reception and had a conversation," she was quoted as saying by Interfax.
    Timakova downplayed the meeting by adding that Medvedev talked "with many delegation heads from other countries" during the forum, but national media were quick to point out that the encounter marked the first direct contact between governments of both countries in years.
    Diplomatic ties between Moscow and Tbilisi were cut in 2008, after both countries fought a brief war over Georgia's breakaway region South Ossetia, followed by Moscow's recognition of independence for that region
    as well as nearby Abkhazia. Moscow has since adamantly refused any contact with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, whom it accuses to be a war criminal for ordering troops into South Ossetia.
    But the outlook has changed since Saakashvili's United National Movement was defeated in parliamentary elections last fall by Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition. Ivanishvili, a billionaire who made much of his wealth in Russia, has said he wants better relations with Moscow.
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    “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

    Max Sterner

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    A Week When Russian-Georgian Relations Began to Warm Up

    MOSCOW, January 25 (Andrei Zolotov, Jr., RIA Novosti) - It has been a remarkable week for emotionally charged Russian-Georgian relations, which were practically broken off in 2008 as a result of the military conflict around South Ossetia. Simultaneously in several arenas, high-level officials from the two countries met and made gestures indicating their intent to thaw relations, if only in the humanitarian and economic fields so far.

    First, Georgia’s most trusted public figure, often referred to as the nation’s spiritual leader, the 80-year-old Catholicos-Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, came to Moscow last Sunday for a high-profile week-long visit. Although the official purpose of the visit was to receive a prestigious award on Monday from a Russian Orthodox Church-affiliated foundation for his contribution to fostering the unity of Orthodox Christian nations, he also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and “relayed greetings” from the Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Kremlin said.

    RIA
    “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

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    • #3
      Georgian, Russian Officials to Meet in Moscow

      Georgian delegation led by head of the National Wine Agency at the Ministry of Agriculture will visit Moscow next week to discuss with the Russian authorities lifting ban on import of Georgian products to Russia.

      The delegation will meet on February 4 Gennady Onishchenko, head of the Russian state consumer protection agency, RosPotrebNadzor, which ordered ban on import of Georgian wines, mineral waters and other products in 2006 citing consumer safety concerns.

      “We are sure that there are no problems with quality… The Georgian products are in conformity with standards and deserve to be back [on the Russian market],” Levan Davitashvili, head of the National Wine Agency who will lead the delegation, said on January 28.
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      • #4
        ‘Russian Occupation’ Threat to Georgian, European Security - Minister

        MUNICH, February 2 (RIA Novosti) - The ongoing occupation of Georgian territory by Russia is an impediment to full-fledged diplomatic ties between the two countries, as well as a threat to national and European security, Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Pandzhikidze said on Saturday.

        Improvement of relations with Russia is a key priority of Georgia’s new government, she told a security conference in Munich, adding, however, that full reconciliation is impossible without resolving the “occupation” issue.

        “We have made concrete steps. For example, we have established direct communication links with Russia. However, these steps will not substitute for the main negotiating process within the framework of the Geneva Conference,” she said.

        RIA
        “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

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        • #5
          Georgian Delegation Heads to Moscow to Discuss Resuming Wine Exports

          TBILISI, February 3 (RIA Novosti) – A Georgian delegation has left for Moscow to discuss resuming the supplies of Georgian wines and other products to the Russian market, the press office of the Georgian Agriculture Ministry said on Sunday.

          “The delegation comprises seven persons, including National Wine Agency chief Levan Davitashvili as the head of the delegation, his counselor, the heads of the Association of Wine Makers and representatives of the National Phytosanitary Service and Food Safety Service,” the press office said.
          RIA
          “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

          Max Sterner

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          • #6
            Georgian Wines to Return to Russia by Spring

            MOSCOW, February 4 (RIA Novosti) – Georgian wine, which was banned by Russia in 2006, may return to the Russian market in spring, Georgian and Russian officials said on Monday after talks in Moscow.

            “Perhaps, by the end of spring, Georgian products will enter the Russian market,” said Georgian National Wine Agency head Levan Davitashvili, after talks between a Georgian delegation and Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor on reopening the Russian market.

            “In my opinion, this is realistic, or sooner,” Rospotrebnadzor head Gennady Onishchenko said.
            RIA
            “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

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            • #7
              Georgia to continue process to return relations with RF to norml-PM

              TBILISI, February 5 (Itar-Tass) - The Georgian government will continue the process to return relations with Russia to normal, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said on Tuesday.

              "The government has already taken the first steps to normalize relations with the RF, and the process will be continued," he noted at the press conference in Tbilisi.

              According to him, it is the most important objective of Georgia.
              ITAR TASS
              “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

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              • #8
                Georgia takes part in ProdExpo int’l exhibition in Moscow


                MOSCOW, February 11 (Itar-Tass) – Georgia shows its products at the ProdExpo international exhibition of food, beverages and food raw materials in Moscow for the first time in seven years. On display at the annual exhibition that opened on Monday are various lemonades, sauces, juices, as well as wines and brandies, Maxim Savchuk, head of the office of the Georgian Union of Exporters in Russia told ltar-Tass.

                “All the products are made of natural ingredients,” Savchuk said. “All products that went into the making of sauces, beverages and jams were grown in Georgia,” he said. ”They do not contain preserving agents and are made by pasteurization,” he noted.
                ITAR TASS
                “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

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                • #9
                  Saakashvili Says Russia Allegedly Purchases Georgian Banks

                  TBILISI, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili said that Russia was allegedly buying out Georgian banks, including one of the country’s largest banks, Liberty Bank.
                  RIA

                  Sberbank Denies Buying Georgian Bank

                  TBILISI/MOSCOW, February 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian state-run lender Sberbank on Wednesday rejected claims by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili that it had bought out Georgian Liberty Bank.

                  “Sberbank has identified Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan as priority areas for its development in the territory of the former USSR. Therefore, Sberbank has no plans to buy assets in Georgia,” a Sberbank spokesman said.
                  RIA
                  “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

                  Max Sterner

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                  • #10
                    Georgian Minister Calls Wine Exports to Russia 'Salvation'

                    TBILISI, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - The resumption of wine exports to Russia will benefit Georgia's economy, and the government has no plans to reverse previous agreements, Georgia's Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili said on Wednesday.

                    The statement came as a response to President Mikheil Saakashvili’s criticism of inspections by Russia’s consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor of about 40 wine making and four mineral water producing enterprises that want to resume selling products to Russia. The inspections began on Tuesday.

                    “I would like to repeat once again that the Russian market is currently being seen as an opportunity to diversity Georgian wine making. It will save Georgia and provide an opportunity for expanding [production], which no one is going to reject, no matter what comments he [Saakashvili] makes,” the minister said.
                    RIA
                    “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

                    Max Sterner

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                    • #11
                      Russia may soften visa regulations for certain categories of Georgian citizens

                      PRAGUE, March 2 (Itar-Tass) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Friday that Russia could not establish a visa-free regime with Georgia because the two countries didn’t have diplomatic relations. However, he added that Russia could try to soften visa regulations for some categories of Georgian citizens.

                      "In the past month, we have managed to consider problems that exist in our relations and discuss how to solve them,” Karasin told Itar-Tass after holding an informal meeting with Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian prime minister’s special envoy for settling relations with Russia, in Prague.
                      ITAR TASS
                      “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

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                      • #12
                        Russia, Georgia to Hold ‘Relations Improvement’ Talks

                        MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) – Russian and Georgian special envoys will hold a scheduled meeting in Prague on Friday aimed at normalizing bilateral ties in areas of trade, transport and culture, but avoiding the issue of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

                        It will be a second meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and Georgian Prime Minister’s special envoy on Russian issues, Zurab Abashidze, since Tbilisi announced plans last November to restart its ties with Moscow “from a clean slate.”
                        RIA
                        “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

                        Max Sterner

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                        • #13
                          Russian, Georgian Envoys Talk Visas, Olympics, Transport

                          MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met with Georgian prime minister’s special envoy on Russia, Zurab Abashidze in Prague on Friday to discuss visa regime, Georgia’s participation at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, wine exports to Russia, direct flights between Moscow and Tbilisi and other issues.

                          “Both sides are satisfied with the results [of the meeting], they are convinced that our unofficial contacts have a future. We tentatively agreed to hold the next meeting in May. Its location will be discussed later, but it might be Prague,” Karasin said after the talks.

                          He described the meeting as “constructive,” saying that it allowed making a step forward on a number of practical issues, such as the visa regime and resumption of direct flights between the two states.

                          “The Georgian side is interested in easing Russian visa regime for Georgian nationals. We noted that it is quite natural for two states with no diplomatic relations to have strict visa requirements. But, at the same time, we have extended the range of possibilities to visit Russia for various groups of Georgian residents. We will work on ways to further ease this regime. This is a homework that we should do at the inter-departmental level,” Karasin said.
                          RIA
                          “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

                          Max Sterner

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                          • #14
                            Moscow, Tbilisi agree on resumption of Georgian products supplies to Russia
                            “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

                            Max Sterner

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                            • #15
                              Russia Ready to Expand Ties with Georgia - FM Lavrov

                              MOSCOW, April 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russia likes the Georgian government’s pragmatism and is ready to expand ties with the South Caucasus country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

                              “The pragmatism with which Bidzina Ivanishvili’s government addresses [bilateral] relations appeals to us,” Lavrov told Russian television channel RTVi.

                              “We are ready to expand not only trade… but also cultural, humanitarian and sport contacts,” the foreign minister said.

                              He said Russian political scientists and scholars regularly travel to Georgia to attend conferences, and added that Georgian artists travel to Russia.
                              RIA
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