Parliamentary Speaker Nino Burjanadze announced her decision on 16 November, saying the Russian Embassy in Tbilisi had refused to grant Georgian parliamentarian Givi Targamadze a visa to attend the two-day meeting.
On 16 November, Saakashvili said Burjanadze's decision was the "right" one. He was quoted as saying Russia has "harmed" itself by refusing a visa to a lawmaker because of his statements.
Targamadze, the chairman of the parliamentary Defense and Security Committee, had criticized Russian peacekeepers.
The Russian Embassy in Tbilisi said in a statement on 16 November that Targamadze's request for a visa was initially rejected, but the issue was reconsidered and a visa was issued later in the day.
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