At a press briefing in Tbilisi, Kvirikashvili stressed that in these words he means decreasing tensions with Russia and being closer to Euro-Atlantic structures at the same time.
“We are interested in normalizing situation with Russia as well as decreasing tensions but we should not compromise in terms of strategic issues such as territorial integrity and sovereignty,” said the Prime Minister.
“We would like to send a message to Russia that we will not engage in a conflict but avoid any military confrontations”, he stressed, adding that it is called “the survival policy”.
Georgia severed diplomatic relations with Russia in August 2008 after Moscow recognized independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. However, Russia is still one of Georgia’s largest trading partners up to now.
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana