The state Duma is not looking to improve relations with Georgia after the elections

© Sputnik / Denis Aslanbeyli in photobacteria elections in Tbilisi. October 28, 2018The state Duma is not looking to improve relations with Georgia after the elections© Sputnik / Denis Aslanbeyli the image Bank

The head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov said that it does not relies on the improvement of Russian-Georgian relations, regardless of the results of the second round of presidential elections in the Republic.

For the post of President of Georgia on Sunday fought 25 candidates. The second round is appointed if none of the candidates in the first round is not gaining more than 50% of the vote. On Monday, the Central election Commission (CEC) of Georgia after processing 100% of polling stations reported that independent presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili scored of 38.64%, while opposition candidate Grigol Vashadze — 37,74%. The second round will be held no later than 2 December, said the CEC.

«Neither from the one nor from the other candidate, I don’t see any inclination to the improvement of Russian-Georgian relations… we Have a very modest contacts with the opposition, with the ruling party. So one will come – will still come from the other camp Saakashvili — will be even worse. But worse than today, is also have nowhere. Well, the rhetoric more hostile. In this sense, there’s not much I expect from these elections,» — said RIA Novosti Kalashnikov.

Now between Russia and Georgia has no diplomatic relations, the dialogue among the countries supported in the framework of the Geneva discussions. Relations between the two countries were severed after Moscow August 26, 2008 recognized the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russian leaders have repeatedly stated that the recognition of the independence of two former Georgian autonomies reflects current realities and not subject to revision.

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.

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. Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia to meet regularly in the framework of the Geneva discussions. At the same time Tbilisi refuses to recognize the independence of the republics, calling them «occupied by Russian troops».