Georgia and Russia: In Search of Ways for Normalization

Since Georgia’s independence and the emergence of the Russian Federation as a successor of the

Soviet Union on the international stage, the relations between the two states have not been good. The tensions and disagreements, mainly about foreign policy orientation and priorities, have resulted in a number of indirect and direct military confrontations in break-away regions of Georgia. While Georgia has tried several times to reaffirm its western cultural and political orientation, Russia has searched for reasons and ways to keep the neighboring country under its influence.

Marking the fundamental differences for the wider public, including elites, in attitudes towards the causes of conflict between the two countries, the project carried out by GFSIS, with the financial support of the Ebert Foundation and the Swedish Government, has been focusing on finding ways to stimulate positive interest and cooperation between Russia and Georgia, to overcome the contradictions and to look forward from the perspective of mutually beneficial opportunities.


Rondeli Foundation-Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)Friedrich Ebert Stiftung;

Tbilisi, 2017




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