About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 15:19 - 20 Feb.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Putin Speaks on Relations with Georgia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 12 Jun.'13 / 13:55

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was willing to restore relations with Georgia “in full scale” and called for cooperation between security services of the two countries in combating crime and terrorism in order to pave the way for lifting visa rules for the Georgian citizens.

Speaking with the state-owned English-language Russia Today television on June 11, Putin said that he “cannot imagine” reversal of Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia; he also said that it was “a red line” for Georgia too and added that the problem should be resolved “based on respect of interests all the people living in these territories”.

“The incumbent President [Mikheil Saakashvili] made a huge mistake. I spoke for many times with him about it and I think he won’t be denying it; I was telling him: ‘Mikheil Nikolayevich – anything but don’t bring things to bloodshed’; and he was telling me all the time: ‘Yes, yes; we’ll be patient; we will be working with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.’ But, unfortunately, everything ended up with war,” Putin said.

He said that “many in Europe and the United States, as well as in Georgia are often blaming Russia.”

“But I think, that any objective observer understands, that Russia has nothing to do with it. Ethnic conflict lasts not dozens but probably hundreds of years,” he said. “Patience and statesmanship was needed in order to build relations with South Ossetia and Abkhazia in frames of unified state. But unfortunately it was not possible to do.”

“As a reaction to those developments, Russia took the step which led to recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”

“I cannot imagine reversing this step, I simply can’t imagine it,” Putin said.

“But that’s a red line, which Georgia cannot cross either; it fights for, as Georgia calls it, restoration of territorial integrity. This is an issue that requires a careful consideration and not only a competent solution, but willingness to solve this issue based on respect of interests of those people, who reside in that territory; I won’t elaborate more precisely. If a respectful stance is shown towards all the people living in these territories and if solution is found based on this approach, it can serve as a long-term [solution]. But it can only be done by the people who live there, without imposing on them any solution from outside,” Putin said.

Putin welcomed Georgia’s decision to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. “As you might notice, we are also reciprocating,” he said.

Putin also said that Russia was ready to cooperate with Georgia in providing security to the Olympic Games.

“We are ready for cooperation with Georgia. We want to restore relations with Georgia; we have very warm attitude towards Georgians. We are very close to the Georgian people,” Putin said. “I met with Catholicos [Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church Ilia II]… He’s a very kind person and he’s a real Georgian. There was not even a second [during the meeting] when he was not speaking about the interests of the Georgian people and was doing it so wisely, softly and calmly.”

“You know that we decided to allow the Georgian products on the Russian market. We understand that it might not be a key issue, but anyway this is an important one for Georgia and for its economy. We will further take actions in this direction. We will develop relations and the most difficult issues of course, as I have already said, should be solved only by those people, who live in this territory through dialogue without any outside pressure,” Putin said.

Asked what should be done in order for Russia to lift visa requirements for the Georgian citizens, Putin responded: “That will be possible, if we really work jointly in fight against crime and terrorism.”

“You probably know that terrorist elements are constantly infiltrating, were infiltrating, into Caucasus, into our [territory] from the Georgian territory,” Putin said.

“We want to cooperate, want to work with Georgia, want to restore relations in full scale. If we can establish such work in the sphere of law enforcement agencies and special services, that will be the first step towards restoration of visa-free regime,” Putin said.

Latest News
20 Feb.'18 15:19
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 27
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
19 Feb.'18 17:53
Tbilisi City Court Releases Turkish Citizen on Bail
Mustafa Emre Çabuk has been released pending final court decision on his extradition to Turkey.
19 Feb.'18 15:49
CSOs, Media Outlets Call for Parliamentary Probe into Mukhtarli Case
The joint statement has been signed by 35 local civil society organizations and media outlets.
19 Feb.'18 14:09
Georgian PM Meets World Leaders in Munich
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the Munich Security Conference on February 16-18.
16 Feb.'18 16:58
Government Unveils New Tax Initiative for Small Businesses
According to the initiative, tax rates for small businesses will decrease fivefold.
16 Feb.'18 15:06
Georgian Economy Minister Visits Azerbaijan
Kumsishvili attended the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council. 
15 Feb.'18 17:39
Independent Agency to Investigate Crimes Committed by Law Enforcement Officers
The agency will be established in 2019, and will replace the Office of Personal Data Protection Inspector.
15 Feb.'18 11:53
Parliament Renews Discussions on Controversial Amendments to Broadcasting Law
New regulations expanding GPB’s powers triggered controversy within the ruling Georgian Dream party.
14 Feb.'18 15:57
U.S. Intelligence on Georgia’s Foreign Threats, Domestic Politics
Office of the Director of National Intelligence published its Worldwide Threat Assessment report for 2018.
14 Feb.'18 14:34
Minister Reports on Defense Reforms to Parliament
Training programs, total defense concept and budgetary priorities among the issues listed by Levan Izoria.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
3