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Russian premier Vladimir Putin stated Moscow is not to interfere in the domestic policy issues of Georgia, Georgiatoday reports with areference to Mir. The Russian premier underlined that he considers Georgia a friendly nation to Russia and the Russian nation. 

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Georgia Today reports that Iranian foreign minister Aman Mehman Fataris has signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of mass-media during his visit to Georgia. Grigol Vashidze, the foreign minister of Georgia, put his signature to the document for the Georgian side. The latter is planning to visit Iran in his turn.

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Recently arrested crime boss, Merab Pipia, knownin the criminal world as Mrab Sukhumskii, has been deported to Georgia, reports Interfax, citing the press service of the Moscow police."The person of Merab Sukhumskii is well known to the officers of thecriminal police. He is a hard-core criminal and in total has spent 19years in jail. He was crowned a 'thief-in-law', and since 2001 hadbeen living in Moscow," - said a press-service spokesman.According to operational information he is a leader of an organized

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South Ossetian Interior Minister Valeriy Valiyev and Russia's deputyhead of the Federal Migration Service, Sergey Kaliuzhniy, have signedan agreement on joint efforts against illegal migrants in Tskhinvali.The document is the extension of a Russian-South Ossetian agreement onbilateral visa-free travel signed in Moscow on February 1.

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Unresolved conflicts are an obstacle to stability in the SouthCaucasian region, a member of European Commission delegation toArmenia said at the international 'Caucasus-2009' conference inYerevan on Friday. Onno Simons said he believes that there is a riskof conflict renewal, Georgia Online reports. He also noted that Georgia is an example of the negative effect ofunresolved conflicts, resulting in disrupted energy supplies.

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Abkhazian authorities have begun the re-registration of residents ofKodori Gorge villages, presidential spokesman Sergey Jonua said, RIANovosti reports.Inhabitants of Kuapchara, Chkhalta, Ajara, Gentsvish, Gvanda, Sakenhave been without ID for two years. The main inhabitants areGeorgians.On 12th August 2008 Abkhazian armed forces liberated the high KodoriGorge from Georgian forces, restoring Abkhazian jurisdiction. Peoplewill receive temporary IDs.

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Georgian opposition planning to disrupt Independence Day paradeA Georgian opposition leaders from the 'Svoboda' (Freedom) party,Sandro Bregadze, said that some opposition parties are planning todisrupt the Independence Day military parade in Tbilisi on May 26th onthe Independence Day, Interfax reports.Bregadze added that Georgia should not demonstrate its military forcein the current conditions.

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The head of North Ossetia Taymuraz Mamsurov expressed his condolences to the people of South Ossetia in a telegram to South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity on the Day of Memory and Mourning, celebrated annually on May 20th.According to Interfax-south a group of refugees, evacuees to North Ossetia, were killed on this date in 1992 during the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict.

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The European Parliament approves the basic arguments of the reportmade by the independent international commission of the EU headed byHeidi Tagliavini, investigating the circumstances of the SouthOssetian conflict. The report shows that Georgia was the initiator ofthe war in South Ossetia, the resolution made at a plenary session ofthe Supreme Legislative Body of the EU in Strasbourg said, ITAR-TASSreports.

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The expensive supply of Kazakh grain to Georgia by rail is creatingdoubts about the construction of a grain terminal in one of thecountry’s ports, managing director on external economic activities ofProdkorporatsiya, Daulet Uvashov, told VK.He said that the expense of exporting grain through Georgia comes fromhigh railroad tariffs in Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia itself.

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The project 'Returning to Georgia' was completed today. 23 Georgianbusinessmen from 12 countries were in Georgia for 3 days studying thebusiness climate and visiting various regions, Georgia Online reports.The latest visit was in Signakhi where the businessmen wereaccompanied by the state minister of community affairs Papun Davitayand the Minister of Economy Zurab Pololikashvili.

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