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Russian MFA on Georgia-Iran Ties
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2 Jul.'10 / 13:53

The Russian Foreign Ministry hopes that the development of bilateral relations between Georgia and Iran would not be directed against the third countries, Andrei Nesterenko, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on July 1.

“We respect the rights of sovereign states, like Iran and Georgia, to develop friendly, good neighborly relations among each other. It is especially important for the countries neighboring in this uneasy region. We hope that the development of bilateral relations between Georgia and Iran will not be directed against the third countries,” Nesterenko said at a press conference in Moscow.

Nesterenko’s remarks followed a question from a journalist, which was asked in a context of Iran’s nuclear program, saying that signs of closer ties between Iran and Georgia emerged after Russia in early June supported the UN Security Council resolution of sanctions on Iran.

“As far as problem with Iran’s nuclear program is concerned, Tbilisi can hardly play any role in this issue, because of Georgia’s low authority on the international level… and because [Georgia] has no levers to influence on this issue,” Nesterenko said.

President Saakashvili said in late May that Georgia and Iran had agreed to cancel visa requirements. “As far as political relations are concerned, it depends on many international factors. In general we do not want to have bad relations with anyone; we are not self-murderers. We'll do everything that is rational,” he said.

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