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    MOSCOW, February 11. /RIA Novosti correspondent/ -- At their Moscow meeting on Wednesday Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Saakashvili will discuss the problem of the Georgian debt to Russia, the questions of bilateral trade, and cooperation in the fuel and energy complex and the gas sphere.

    As a source in the Kremlin told RIA Novosti, the problem of Georgia's debt to Russia on the state credits, which amounts to about 157 million dollars, will be a main theme of the talks between the presidents of Russia and Georgia.

    The source recalled that "the Russian side agreed to reschedule this debt within the Paris club of creditors". But "so far the Georgian side has not carried out the intrastate procedures with regard to a corresponding bilateral agreement," he noted.

    According to the source, Moscow "is ready for a subject talk on the questions of bilateral trade, cooperation in the fuel and energy complex, including supplies of electricity from Russia to Georgian consumers, more intensive interaction in the gas sphere, and the possibilities of cooperation in different economic sectors".

    He noted that "Russia views interaction with Georgia in the energy and gas spheres as a major factor for strengthening bilateral relations." Despite the fact that Georgia's combined debt for the supplied energy carriers is in excess of 160 million dollars, the Russian companies keep supplying electricity and gas to the Georgian consumers.

    According to the source, the theme of Russian-Georgian relations in the humanitarian sphere will also be touched upon in the course of the Kremlin talks. "Emphasis will be made on the position of the Russian language and culture in Georgia, the development of bilateral cultural relations, and the situation of compatriots in both countries," the source said.

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