Russian delegation to PACE hopeful of more positive relations with Georgia

Deputy Head of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Liaison with Compatriots Leonid Slutsky has said it would be premature to guess how Russia-Georgia relations may change after the Georgian parliamentary election.

"I think it would premature to speak about a change of the vector in Russian-Georgian relations. The first months of the new Georgian parliament will show whether any constructive efforts will be taken and anything will change," Slutsky said.

"Hopefully, Russian-Georgian relations will finally acquire a positive element to which our country and the South Caucasian state are destined historically, geographically and culturally. The only question is when that may happen," he said.

In his opinion, the victory of the opposition party in Georgian was anticipated. "Yet it would be premature to extrapolate from current developments a new-quality level of Russian-Georgian relations. The presidential style of governance remains in Georgia and it is difficult to foresee if the Ivanishvili team is openly oppositional to the Saakashvili regime and has the task of a drastic change of relations with Russia," Slutsky said.

Georgia elected the parliament on October 1. Judging by preliminary results, the opposition Georgian Dream led by businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili is the winner. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has recognized the victory of his opponents.

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