Georgian, Russian Foreign Ministers hold first meeting since suspension of diplomatic ties in 2008

  • Georgia suspended its diplomatic ties with Russia in August 2008. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 26 Sep 2019 - 20:40, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York today. 

The meeting, which is the first since Georgia suspended its diplomatic ties with Russia following the Russia-Georgia war in 2008, was "initiated and facilitated" by Switzerland. 

At the meeting the Georgian side raised the issue of de-occupation of its regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia), the Georgian Foreign Ministry stated. 

Zalkaliani and Lavrov also spoke of the recent developments in the occupied regions, as well as the "problematic issues of Georgia-Russia relations".

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said in its statement that at the meeting the Georgian and Russian FMs discussed the issues of bilateral agenda, as well as the regional security.