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    SAAKASHVILI: ATMOSPHERE OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING HAS BEEN CREATED BETWEEN RUSSIA, GEORGIA

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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 11 (RIA Novosti) - An atmosphere of mutual understanding has been created between Russia and Georgia, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili told a Moscow press conference Wednesday.

    "The important thing is that an atmosphere of mutual understanding has finally been created after years of frosty relations. A thaw period is setting in," the Georgian leader pointed out.

    Speaking of his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saakashvili said the two of them had agreed to coordinate counter-terrorism efforts and to step up the settlement process in the breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia.

    Messrs. Putin and Saakashvili also discussed the possibility of rescheduling the Georgian debt to Russia and Georgia's support for Russia's ascension to the World Trade Organization, Saakashvili believes that the two countries will be able to sign a framework agreement this next September as there are no more obstacles left in its way.

    The Putin-Saakashvili meeting lasted four hours. "I didn't feel tired after the four hours [of talking] as this was a sincere conversation," the Georgian President remarked.

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