Georgian Dream leader looks to mend ties with Moscow

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Georgian Dream leader looks to mend ties with Moscow

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The opposition victory in Georgia’s parliamentary election could help repair ties with Russia after the two countries fought a brief but bitter war four years ago.

That is the goal of the man now likely to become Georgia’s new prime minister. But the Georgian Dream leader told euronews is main aim is closer ties with Europe and NATO.

“Our prime target is to be part of the “euro-Atlantic” integration project. This is a continuation of our strategy to be part of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance,” said Bidzani Ivanishvili.

euronews: What could be done more in order to attract more foreign investment in Georgia?

BI: “Georgian businesses are not yet ready to export products into the American or European markets. So, initially it would be good and interesting for us to return to the more familiar Russian market.”

Russia, meanwhile, has said it too is looking forward to establishing normal relations with Georgia.

The full interview with Bidzina Ivanishvili will be broadcast on euronews on Wednesday night.