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Georgia's consultations with Ukraine, Lithuania and other states do not replace CIS - Georgian president


KAZAN, August 27 (RIA Novosti) - Georgia's consultations with Ukraine, Lithuania and other states do not replace the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said at a press conference Saturday.

Saakashvili said in Tatarstan's capital Kazan, where the CIS summit ended yesterday, that Georgia did not think CIS opportunities were exhausted. "The CIS has problems, and they are to be addressed," he said.

Saakashvili denied rumors that there are attempts to isolate Russia from the European Union.

"The opinion that a certain cordon sanitaire is being created around Russia and attempts are being made to isolate it from the EU are guesses by narrow-minded people," the Georgian president said.

Answering the question about the significance of the Borjomi declaration signed by Georgia and Ukraine, Saakashvili said it was not aimed against anyone.

During a three-day informal visit in mid-August by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to Georgia, he and Saakashvili signed a statement on establishing a Baltic-Black Sea-Caspian community of democratic choice.

It was announced that a regional summit would be held in Ukraine in fall, with representatives of Russia, the EU and the United States to be invited as well. The document was signed near the Borjomi spa famous for its mineral water.

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