Russian, Georgian leaders could meet at Sochi Olympics-Kremlin
BOCHAROV RUCHEI, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Russian President
Vladimir Putin may meet his Georgian counterpart in Sochi during
in what would be the first meeting between the two leaders since
a brief 2008 war.
President Georgy Margvelashvili, who replaced Mikheil
Saakashvili last year, has promised to press ahead with European
integration efforts in the former Soviet South Caucasus nation,
which Moscow wants to keep under its influence.
Georgia, criss-crossed by oil and natural gas pipelines,
fought a five-day war with Russia in 2008 under Saakashvili over
the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Russia later recognised the two breakaway regions as
independent, a move which caused Tbilisi to cut diplomatic ties
with its former Soviet master.
Asked whether a meeting between Putin and Margvelashvili,
who will be among the 60 world leaders to attend the Games which
start this Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that a
meeting during the Games was possible.