Russia wants rebuilding ties with Georgia

Moscow and Tbilisi have not re-established diplomatic relations since the five-day war.

Russia wants rebuilding ties with Georgia

Russia and Georgia should start by promoting contacts between ordinary people, a Russian official said during a visit to Tbilisi on Wednesday.

Russia defeated Georgian forces in a five-day war in August after Tbilisi tried to regain control of the pro-Moscow rebel South Ossetia region.

Moscow and Tbilisi have not re-established diplomatic relations since the war, and have cut rail, air, postal and other links, but they have started holding talks in Geneva.

Mikhail Shvydkoi, Russia's special presidential representative for international cultural cooperation, called for bridges to be built between ordinary people.

"This road should lead to the restoration of transport links, to establishing normal relations which will help ordinary people," he told reporters, without giving any examples of how this might be done or of any efforts already under way.

"Politics is one thing and life is another. We came here to establish normal human relations."

Shvydkoi was in Georgia for the anniversary of the enthronement of a religious leader and was not scheduled to meet any Georgian officials.

Reuters
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