The state Duma held a meeting with Georgian MPs

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Representatives of the state Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and ties with compatriots on Thursday will meet with Georgian colleagues, to discuss relations between the countries, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as the question of air links between Russia and Georgia, told RIA Novosti the head of the Duma Committee Leonid Kalashnikov.

«We plan to discuss the issues of relations with Abkhazia, South Ossetia… flights (between Russia and Georgia), at which stage we have diplomatic relations, the law on occupied territories, adopted in Georgia,» — told RIA Novosti Kalashnikov.

As reported on the website of the state Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, from the Georgian Parliament in the delegation included Chairman of the parliamentary faction «Alliance of patriots of Georgia» George Lomia, a member of the Ada Marshania and Deputy Chairman of the Georgian Parliament Committee on legal Affairs, NATO Chkheidze.

After the first 2008 meeting of state Duma deputies with a parliamentary delegation of Georgia took place in July last year. Following the meeting, the parliamentarians decided to create a permanent informal group of deputies of Russia and Georgia. The second visit of the Georgian parliamentarians did at the beginning of October. The representatives of the faction previously also did not exclude that can go to South Ossetia and Abkhazia to begin a direct dialogue with the local authorities.

Georgia on the night of 8 August 2008 fired from rocket launchers «Grad» South Ossetia, Georgian forces attacked the Republic and destroyed part of its capital Tskhinvali. Russia, protecting inhabitants of South Ossetia, many of whom took Russian citizenship, sent troops into the Republic and after five days of fighting ousted Georgian troops from the region. Moscow August 26, 2008 recognized the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. After that, diplomatic relations of the two States were severed.

Russian leaders have repeatedly stated that the recognition of the independence of two former Georgian autonomies reflects current realities and not subject to revision. Now between Russia and Georgia has no diplomatic relations, the dialogue among the countries supported in the framework of the Geneva discussions.

Representatives of the new Georgian government that came to power after the elections in October 2012, has repeatedly stated that they hope to return the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but peacefully.

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