Karasin: Russia to attend CoE ministerial in Tbilisi

Karasin: Russia to attend CoE ministerial in Tbilisi

Former Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigori Karasin said that a Russian delegation will attend the Council of Europe ministerial in Tbilisi on May 14-15, 2020.

He added that as of now he does not know the composition of the Russian delegation, RIA Novosti reported.

Karasin himself will not participate in this event, despite his many years of talks with Georgia’s Special Envoy to Russia Zurab Abashidze on humanitarian Russian-Georgian issues. This was announced by Zurab Abashidze in the interview with Vestnik Kavkaza.

"We are not expecting Karasin in Tbilisi, despite the fact that we continue our meetings in Prague. Karasin now works in the Federation Council, not in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so the issue of his participation was not raised," the Georgian diplomat explained.

Political scientist Gela Vasadze called on the Georgian authorities to hold this meeting in Brussels, not in Tbilisi. "It would be the best option for the Georgian Dream and the government. The visit of Russian representatives to Georgia can provoke 'an explosion' in the country, because the situation is already tense. One needs to understand that the government is sitting on a powder keg, and the persistence in holding the CoE ministerial in Tbilisi looks like playing with fire," he stressed.