Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Georgian FM Denies CIS Ambitions

Foreign Minister Maia PanjikidzeForeign Minister Maia Panjikidze
Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze
Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze
Georgia's new foreign minister has dismissed suggestions her country may seek to re-enter the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), saying the European Union and NATO are the "only organizations" Georgia plans to join.

Speaking on Georgian Rustavi-2 television, Maia Panjikidze said Georgia has not been invited to rejoin the CIS and that any such proposal would be "pointless."

A Russian official said last week he saw no obstacles to Georgia returning to the CIS, the nine-country regional grouping formed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Georgia withdrew from the CIS in 2009, a year after its tumultuous war with Russia.

Panjikidze said relations with Russia were a key topic during her talks on November 17 with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and

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