Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia is ready for a dialogue with Georgia, but in return demands Tbilisi to recognise "new realities", by which the Russian side means independence of the occupied territories of Georgia – Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia.
"The current Georgian Prime Minister is another generation of politicians and we will look at his real actions. There are some signals coming from them that it would be good to make contacts but not yet at the diplomatic level. Though, as I recall, it was Georgia that severed diplomatic relations, and not the Russian Federation. We will pay a great attention to these signals. I do not see anything wrong with restoring humanitarian cooperation, we have planes fly, contacts between people, thank God, continue, cultural ties remain, trade and economic relations also might be restored .. . It's not an easy road, but Russia has always said that we are ready for a dialogue with the new leadership of Georgia. But of course, taking into account the existing geopolitical realities and the decisions made by Russia when it recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia "- Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant ..