Bidzina Ivanishvili met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at Davos in January (photo: dpa)

Election surprise puts Russia and Georgia on road to reconciliation

Georgian wine, a vital export earner for the former Soviet republic, was banned by Russia in 2006 as tension built towards the brief war between the countries two years later. Since the election of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream coalition in October 2012, relations between Moscow and Tbilisi have thawed. Soon the wine may be flowing again, but many issues remain unresolved.

A FLURRY of activity has suggested that a thaw may be imminent in relations between Russia and Georgia. Some experts even speculate about a possible resumption of diplomatic links, severed in the aftermath of the brief war in August 2008.


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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Mr Ivanishvili wasted little time committing himself to improving his country’s strained relations with Russia - and the response was not long in coming
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