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Russia, Georgia Meet On Restoring Air Links

February 6, 2007 -- Russia and Georgia are pursuing talks on restoring air travel between the two countries, which were suspended by Moscow last year during a bitter dispute.

A senior Russian transport official, Gennady Loshchyonov, said the two sides, which began negotiations on February 5, had agreed to form a working group to resolve outstanding issues.

Russia recalled its ambassador, cut transport links, and launched a crackdown on Georgian migrants in October in the wake of a spying row.

(Interfax, AP)

Moscow And Tbilisi

Russian military hardware being withdrawn from a Russian base in Batumi, Georgia, in August 2005 (TASS)

WHAT COMES NEXT? Although Russia is unlikely to push an aggressive military response to the current tensions with Georgia, it has a number of economic, political, and diplomatic options at its disposal. Already on October 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin summoned his inner circle to weigh Moscow's options... (more)


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