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Date Set For Georgia-Russia Talks

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin (left) and Georgia's special envoy on relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze.
The next round of talks between Russia and Georgia on the normalization of bilateral ties will be held in Prague on April 16.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on April 11 that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and the Georgian prime minister's envoy for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, will meet in Prague for the sixth round of bilateral talks.

The two are slated to discuss the prospects for further dialogue and assess the "positive results in trade, transportation, and humanitarian relations" reached since the Karasin-Abashidze talks began in December 2012 in Geneva.

The upcoming Prague meeting was originally scheduled for March 4-5, but was delayed twice.

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.