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Georgian Foreign Minister Optimistic Over Talks With Russia

Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze
Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze has told journalists she is hopeful that the second round of talks on the normalization of Russia-Georgia relations will be "productive and fruitful."

The meeting between Georgia's special envoy for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin started in Prague on March 1.

The first round of talks was held in Geneva in December.

Tbilisi broke off diplomatic ties with Moscow after the August 2008 war over Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia.

After that, Moscow recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Georgia's other separatist region, Abkhazia.

Karasin said ahead of his visit to Prague that issues related to the separatist regions of Georgia would not be discussed at the talks.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax