On July 18, 2023, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies – Rondeli Foundation hosted a discussion – “Expected political consequences of the restoration of railway traffic between Russia and Georgia through occupied Abkhazia”
The recent statements made by the Russian authorities on the prospect of reestablishing railway traffic between Russia and Georgia through the occupied territory of Abkhazia, despite the refusal of the Georgian government to hold negotiations on this issue, raise questions as to why this topic has become relevant for Russia again. Who will benefit and what dangers does this project implementation contain for Georgia? Also, how this issue is related, on the one hand, to the Russia-Ukraine war and to the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia, and, on the other hand, to the political situation in Georgia and the 2024 parliamentary elections.
Mamuka Komakhia, Analyst, Rondeli Foundation
Giorgi Badridze, Senior Fellow, Rondeli Foundation
Alex Petriashvili, Senior Fellow, Rondeli Foundation
Address: 3a Shio Chitadze Street, Rondeli Foundation
Working language: Georgian, simultaneous English translation will be provided
The Rondel Foundation blog on the same topic: https://gfsis.org.ge/blog/view/1600