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New Round Of Georgian-Russian Talks Scheduled For Mid-November

The next round of talks between Russia and Georgia on normalizing bilateral ties will be held in Prague next month.

The decision to meet in the Czech capital in mid-November was reached during a phone call on October 23 between the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and the Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The Karasin-Abashidze talks, which are aimed at improving strained relations between Moscow and Tbilisi, began in December 2012 in Geneva.

The two politicians have met in the Czech capital, Prague, several times since then.

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 2008.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax