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Georgia may restore rail link passing through Abkhazia

Wednesday, October 8
Georgian government is ready to review the possibility of restoring the Russian-Georgia rail link passing through the country’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for Relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze said.

Abashidze said if Russia expresses readiness to hold talks on this issue, the Georgian side will act in accordance with its national interests, Georgian media outlets reported on Oct.3.

He added that if the Russian side is interested in this issue, it should appeal to Georgia with this initiative.

Large scale military action was launched between Georgia and Russia in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008.

Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August.

In response, Tbilisi suspended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as Russian occupied territories. (