1 Oct 2018 18:31

Meeting between Russian, Georgian presidents should bear fruit, preparations needed to hold it - Russian deputy FM

TBILISI. Oct 1 (Interfax) - A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili is theoretically possible, but it will not bring any results without preliminary efforts, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.

"In theory, everything is possible, but it is necessary to work for that. Preparations are needed for this meeting so that the sides will have some issues to consider and will seek some results," he told Georgia's First Channel on Monday.

"For a meeting at the level of presidents it is not enough just to meet, discuss and say goodbye to each other," Karasin said. "It is necessary to achieve a result so that both countries will be glad and so that we will look at bilateral relations with an outlook for the future. The Russian president repeatedly said that we are interested in improving relations, in friendly and good neighborly relations with Georgia. It is still an axiom," the Russian deputy foreign minister said.

The recent meeting between Karasin and Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze had a meeting in Prague on Monday, at which the interlocutors have discussed the issues related to trade-economic and humanitarian relations.