On August 1, 2016 the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) organized a confidence-building meeting in the framework of the project “Georgian and Russian Experts Searching Ways for Normalisation”.
The project participants discussed the wide range of topics related to the Russian-Georgian relations including: main political developments in their respective countries, upcoming Parliamentary elections in Georgia and Russia, results of the NATO Warsaw Summit, regional conflicts, Russia-Ukraine crisis, Minsk agreements, Geneva discussions and security concerns, foreign policy orientation of both countries, NATO enlargement, EU-Georgia Association Agreement and its effect on Russia’s attitude.
Georgian and Russian experts, together with the Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Georgia for Russian Issues -Amb. Zurab Abashidze, also discussed the economic, trade and cultural aspect of Russia-Georgia relations as well as common interests on regional and international level.
The project aims to open an alternative opportunity of interaction between Georgia and Russia and through this contribute to finding solutions for the long term and sustainable peace. The project purpose is to make a sustainable effort to build a nucleus of the confidence oriented experts in both countries.
The project is funded by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).