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Date Set For Discussions Of Possible High-Level Tbilisi-Moscow Talks

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili (file photo)
TBILISI -- Russian and Georgian officials are to discuss next month the possibility of organizing a meeting between the two countries' presidents.

The Georgian prime minister's envoy for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, told reporters in Tbilisi on February 19 that he will discuss with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in Prague on March 5 the preparations for the meeting.

Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow after Russia recognized the independence of Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia following a short war with Tbilisi in August 2008.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would meet with his Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Margvelashvili, if the Georgian leader considered it necessary.

Margvelashvili stated afterward that he was ready to "thoroughly" consider Putin's remarks.