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Officials Say Moscow Could Ease Visa Rules For Georgians

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin (left, photo by AFP) and Georgia's special envoy on relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze (photo by RFE/RL)
Russian and Georgian officials say Moscow is considering easing visa rules for Georgian citizens.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and Georgia's special representative for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, made the statement on March 1 after meeting in the Czech capital, Prague.

"Recently, we have expanded the possibilities for different categories of Georgian citizens to visit the Russian Federation," Karasin said. "We shall try to figure out how else we can ease the regime."

Abashidze said no time frame for the intiative had been specified during the talks.

Diplomatic relations were severed by Tbilisi after Moscow recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008.

Georgia's new parliament, elected in October, named normalizing relations with Russia as one of the top priorities of its foreign policy.

Based on reporting by Voice of Russia,, and ITAR-TASS