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 civil.ge