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Georgia 'to remain pro-Western'

Georgia 'to remain pro-Western'
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The EU says the elections in Georgia show that democracy is strengthening in the former Soviet Republic.

International observers have also given the presidential poll a clean bill of health, saying it was largely free and fair.

Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said “there has been lot of progress in the building of the democratic institutions in Georgia.”

“While some observers note some issues that were similar to issues that came out last time that there were elections, generally it’s a very positive picture,” he said.

Euronews’ Andrei Beketov asked Georgia’s ambassador to the EU what Giorgi Margvelashvili’s victory means for the country’s relations with Moscow, and the West.

Georgia has not been very good at balancing relations and its interests between Russia and the West,” said Natalie Sabanadze.

“I think what will happen now is that Georgia will carefully proceed to try to normalise it’s relations with Russia,” she said, adding that Georgia would “remain pro-Western.”

The EU plans to sign an agreement with Georgia that would deepen economic and trade ties.

Tbilisi hopes the so-called Association Agreement will be signed next autumn.