Public Diplomacy: Georgian Folk Ensemble Ersioni entertains Kremlin.

The Georgian Folk Ensemble “Ersioni” was earlier this month given a standing ovation when it performed in the Kremlin, a sure sign of the thaw in Georgian-Russian Relations. Since the election of Bidhzina Ivanishvili as prime Minister last October the two sides have moved to resolve some of the outstanding issues between them. However restoration of diplomatic relations remains impossible as long as Russia continues to recognise Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries, according to Georgian officials.

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