Mikheil Saakashvili (file photo) (epa)
November 27, 2006 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has called for normalizing relations with Russia, but said it would not come at the expense of his country's national interest.
As reported by the Associated Press on November 26, Saakashvili said Georgia does not want to argue with Russia, but will stand on its "own feet" in the present period of tension with Moscow.
Relations between the countries plummeted in September, when Georgia detained four Russians on spying charges and Russia in turn imposed a trade and travel embargo against Georgia.
Russian Sanctions On Georgia
Georgian deportees arriving in Tbilisi on October 6 (epa)
RUSSIA DEPORTING GEORGIANS. Despite Georgia's release of four military officers accused of spying on October 2, Russia has continued its transport and postal blockade of Georgia, and has also deported hundreds of Georgians.... (more)