Russia’s Foreign Ministry (MID) has confirmed that entry/exit visas will be introduced between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Georgia starting from December 5th. Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said so in the course of talks with his Georgian counterpart Irakli Menagarishvili. According to RIA-Novosti, the dialogue passed off “in a businesslike and sincere atmosphere.” MID emphasizes that Moscow is ready to continue Russian-Georgian talks aimed at developing a mutually accepted agreement over visa issues. The ministry has made its remarks, apparently, reacting to a recent grumbling of Georgia’s President Shevardnadze’s who has assessed introducing visas as discrimination.
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