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    MOSCOW, July 15 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian Foreign Ministry delegation will arrive in Tbilisi on Thursday to discuss drafting a Russian-Georgian framework agreement.

    On Friday, the head delegates of both countries, Russian Ambassador at Large Igor Savolsky and Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Merab Antadze, will meet at the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

    The previous round of talks was held in Moscow from June 23 to 24. According to Mr. Savolsky, the sides coordinated most aspects of the Russian-Georgian agreement on friendship, good-neighborliness, cooperation and mutual security, however some disagreements remain.

    "This is a long-term agreement aimed at forming a firm legal basis of Russia and Georgia's traditional friendly relations and boosting our strategic partnership and overall cooperation," Mr. Savolsky noted.

    "The agreement should expand our cooperation in political, economic, humanitarian and antiterrorism spheres," he said.

    The drafting of the framework agreement began in December 2001. Since then there have been four rounds of the negotiations between Russian and Georgian state commissions and over 10 meetings with experts and commissions' chairmen on the drafting.

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