Tbilisi, March 20 (RFE/RL) -- Georgian President Eduard
Shevardnadze said today that Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny
Primakov and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev will soon visit
Georgia in an attempt to settle the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.
Itar-Tass quoted him as saying that this was decided on his trip to
Moscow yesterday. However, he did n-o-t give a precise date for the
visit. He said it is also possible that the two Russian ministers
will visit Sukhumi, capital of breakaway Abkhazia.
Shevardnadze also said that Russia has tightened up border controls
with Georgia, with the aim of blockading Abkhazia. Shevardnadze's
words, as quoted by Itar-Tass, were: "Not a single vessel will now
call at Sukhumi port without first reaching agreement with the