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Stop anti-Russia 'pinpricks', says Georgian speaker

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 08:30 hrs

Tbilisi, Oct 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Georgia should stop criticising Russia and creating new problems in bilateral relations, Georgian parliament speaker David Usupashvili has said.

Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow after the August 2008 war with Russia over the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"We shouldn't be making pinpricks that gratify us for two days but create two-year problems," Usupashvili, who is also leader of the Republic Party, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Monday.

"We should abandon the role of crusader with regard to 'undemocratic Russia.'"

The Georgian parliament met Sunday for the first time since the Oct 1 election, won by the Georgian Dream coalition led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, which has secured 85 out of 150 seats in parliament.

The new ruling coalition does not as yet have a "road map" for the normalisation of relations with Russia but it has a "concept" of how that should be done, Usupashvili said.

Georgia should continue its efforts to join NATO and the EU, he added, but in such a way that Russia understands "this is not a loss for it but a logical historical process."

On Friday, Georgian deputy prime minister/defence minister-designate Irakly Alasania said the new government will seek to strengthen bilateral ties with Abkhazia and South Ossetia and improve ties with Russia.

The dialogue could be mediated by Germany, which is an EU leader and "a country that has always had an excellent relationship both with Russia and with Georgia," Alasania said.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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