It says Russia is ready to enhance cooperation with Georgia with a view to sustaining regional peace and stability.
The statement was issued after Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met with members of Georgia’s ruling party in Moscow.
The head of the Georgian delegation, Deputy Parliament Speaker Mikheil Machavariani, positively assessed the meeting.
"Current relations between Georgia and Russia are uneasy. We believe dialogue will help begin settling the problems that, unfortunately, have already accumulated and continue to accumulate, with no immediate solution in sight. This is why we believe [today's meeting] is an important step."
Bilateral relations started improving after Mikheil Saakashvili became Georgia’s president in early 2004. But they soon deteriorated again after Saakashvili ordered troops into Georgia's separatist republic of South Ossetia, which has close ties with Russia.
(with material from ITAR-TASS, Civil Georgia, Imedi TV)
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