Georgian leader woos Moscow

May 24, 2004 at 11:36 PM
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MOSCOW, May 24 (UPI) -- Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania met Russia's foreign minister Monday to

boost cooperation in fighting terrorists and separatists.

In his meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Zhvania discussed boosting cooperation between the two countries, especially in the area of fighting terrorism, RosBusinessConsulting reported.

They also discussed ways of settling the long-standing insurgencies against the Georgian government in Tbilisi waged by secessionist rebels in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the report said.

Zhvania's government is fighting separatist movements in those two regions of the mountainous former Soviet republic in the Caucasus that have been backed for years by elements of the Russian military.

For its part, Moscow has been suspicious of attempts by former Georgian leaders to forge closer ties independent of Russia to the European Union nations and to the United States.

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