The Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Georgia for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze announced his meeting with Grigory Karasin.
It can take place before the end of this month, most likely on November 28.
Recall, at the moment, negotiations in the format of “Karasin-Abashidze” remain the only official channel of interstate Russian-Georgian communication and although it has significant limits.
Negotiations do not concern the most pressing issues, either it the political and legal status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia or the prospects for Georgia’s membership in NATO.
However, it is also true that almost every round of negotiations is used to discuss acute practical issues, such as the situation in the Georgian-South Ossetian borderland, but the future meeting has a number of important nuances.
For the first time, Grigory Karasin will not take part in it as a deputy foreign minister in charge of post-Soviet issues.
Since September 2019, he joined the Federation Council.
However, diplomatic skills and experience, he seems like he is not going to quit.
The level of confidence of Karasin and Abashidze is such that the Russian side prefers a senator to a career diplomat.
Indeed, hardly anyone in the Russian Federation knows all the features of relations between Tbilisi and Moscow in this way.
So this knowledge is all the more important in the context of events that began with the so-called “Nights of Gavrilov” in the capital of Georgia in June of this year, and the matter is not only in anti-Russian actions and Moscow’s reaction in the form of canceling flights to the Transcaucasian republic.
A difficult situation is developing around the so-called “Borderization” or demarcation between Georgia and South Ossetia, and it is no coincidence that Abashidze already announced this story during future negotiations.
The parties do not want a new escalation, but they are also not ready for a breakthrough.
In this context, knowledge, experience and accuracy are in demand, especially when the parliamentary elections in Georgia loom ahead, in which the topic of Russia will become one of the central ones.