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    MOSCOW, February 10th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Georgia would like to integrate into Europe together with Russia, said Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

    In his remarks before MGIMO (Moscow Institute of International Relations) students and faculty, the Georgian president confirmed Georgia's commitment to European integration," stressed Saakashvili.

    "We would like to join European economic and security structures together with Russia," said Saakashvili.

    "I think we could do it faster with Russia," noted the Georgian leader.

    He recalled that he had met many European politicians as president. "In my conversation with them, I emphasised that we were neither new nor old Europe. We are the oldest Europe," said Saakashvili. In his words, as a European country, Georgia is more ancient that Germany and France. "Georgia was the second country to adopt Christianity back in the 4th century, and it has preserved European single-mindedness in its genes," said Saakashvili.

    "Our country should become a model of democracy in the post-Soviet space," said Saakashvili. "Georgia has never been so successfully managed and been so stable as in the past three months," said the Georgian president. "This will continue to be so in the next 9.5 years - or how long do I have left?" Saakashvili promised.

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