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    Georgia's foreign minister will meet with his Russian counterpart in Moscow at a session of an economic alliance of Black Sea countries, to be held November 1-2, Georgia's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

    TBILISI, October 30 (RIA Novosti) - Georgia's foreign minister will meet with his Russian counterpart in Moscow at a session of an economic alliance of Black Sea countries, to be held November 1-2, Georgia's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

    The 11-member Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization comprises Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

    Gela Bezhuashvili's talks with Russia's Sergei Lavrov come in the midst of an intense diplomatic standoff between the ex-Soviet neighbors, which has led several countries to urge the sides to ease tensions before the situation gets out of control.

    The crisis began when Georgia detained four Russian officers last month, and accused them of spying. Russia responded by suspending postal and travel links with Georgia, shutting down casinos and restaurants owned by Georgians, and deporting hundreds of Georgians who had allegedly been living in the country illegally.

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