Arnold Ruutel: Russian troops must withdraw from Georgia

  • 2006-05-12
  • By TBT staff
TALLINN 's According to the plans, Russian troops must withdraw from Georgia, Estonian President Arnold Ruutel, who is on the working visit in the Caucasus country, says.
On May 11, Ruutel met with country's president, Mikhail Saakashvili, and the speaker of parliament, Nino Burdzhanadze.

The presidents discussed fields of bilateral cooperation and talked at length about the problems of Georgian wine export.
Saakashvili called Estonia a country that gives hope and serves as an example in both politics and the economy to Georgia.
Estonia supports a whole and stable Georgia on its difficult but unavoidable road of reform, Ruutel said, adding that Russian troops definitely must pull out of Georgia in accordance with earlier plans.
Ways to strengthen interparliamentary relations were under discussion in Ruutel's meeting with Burdzhanadze. The two further talked about Georgia's troubles in economic relations primarily with Russia and the production of fake Georgian wines in Europe.

The business delegation accompanying the president visited the aircraft manufacturer Tbilaviamsheni JSC. Minister of Economy and Communications Edgar Savisaar and members of the delegation met with the Georgian minister for economic development, Irakli Chogovadze. Justice Minister Rein Lang delivered a lecture at the local school of diplomacy.
Ingrid Ruutel attended a children's concert at the Tbilisi Youth Palace, visited the Georgian State Museum and went sightseeing in the Old Town of Tbilisi.