Russian-Georgian dialogue's format to become monthly
A dialogue group, agreed by the opposition parliamentarians from the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia and the State Duma deputies, will start operating in September, the member of the Alliance of Patriots Ada Marshania said.
"A dialogue has been formed, and this group will work monthly starting from September," Sputnik-Georgia cited the MP as saying.
Speaking about the forthcoming visit of Russian MPs to Georgia, Marshania said that she does not yet know when it will take place. The visit of the Russian parliamentarians to Georgia, was announced by the chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov.
Earlier, Georgiy Lomiya, Nato Chkheidze and Ada Marshania from the Alliance of Patriots visited Moscow and met with Russian deputies, they were criticized by their colleagues in Georgia. Tbilisi said that there is no need to create a new format of relations between Russia and Georgia.
Georgia’s prime minister’s special representative for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, speaking to the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza, stressed that the Georgian government did not participate and does not plan to participate in the establishment of a parliamentary format for the dialogue between Moscow and Tbilisi. "This is the initiative of the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia party. I do not know with who they talked to, but I can say that the government has nothing to do with this," the diplomat said.
The head of the Center for Global Studies, Nana Devdariani, stressed that the establishment of a new format for Russian-Georgian dialogue was necessary. "Karasin-Abashidze is the only Russian-Georgian format that is acting today. It should only be welcomed in such circumstances. The problems need to be discussed. Of course, the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia does not solve foreign policy issues: it is an opposition parliamentary minority, but even such a dialogue between parliamentarians of the two countries is vital," she said.
The political scientist stressed that there are too many problems in the relations between Russia and Georgia, and it the expansion of the inter-parliamentary format of the dialogue at the expense of the ruling Georgian Dream party would be a very positive development . "It would be advisable that they join in. Alas, there are no such signals yet," Nana Devdariani concluded.