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Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has urged Russia “to take joint steps” to resolve the “difficult situation” regarding the death of Georgian national Archil Tatunashvili in South Ossetia last month, Georgian news outlet Civil.ge reports.
Both territories have survived primarily on Russian aid since they fought to secede from Georgia in the early 1990s. Moscow recognized their independence after sweeping Georgian forces aside during their five-day 2008 war, fought mostly in South Ossetia.
Reacting to Kvirikashvili’s remarks yesterday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it was “satisfied to see the intention to continue and expand the process of bilateral liberalization,” and that Russia “is ready to move forward as much as Tbilisi is ready,” according to TASS.
The foreign ministry also hailed Kvirikashvili’s call for direct dialogue with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The ministry called the death of Tatunashvili “a regrettable incident” but said it fell outside the framework of bilateral Russian-Georgian relations.
Tatunashvili died under custody of South Ossetian security personnel after he was arrested on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. His body has still not been returned to his family, pending the results of an autopsy. Two other Georgians arrested with him were allowed to return to Georgia over the weekend, Agenda.ge reports.
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