Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili's first official trip abroad has brought his country EUR 12 million. These funds have been provided by Germany to revitalize the Georgian electricity sector.
After meeting German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder yesterday Mr Saakashvili told journalists that he greatly appreciates Germany's financial support. Germany, he pointed out, played an important role in establishing Georgian independence, it was the first country to recognize its sovereignty and it has provided substantial financial support. Germany also promised to help Georgia resolve its turbulent relations with Russia.
Europe has recognised the need for negotiations with Russia to discuss the security system on the continent. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is going to Macedonia for meetings with colleagues within the OSCE