A number of important meetings between Georgian and Russian representatives will take place in Moscow at the end of July, a Russian Security Council member informed Russian journalists in Tbilisi on Wednesday.
According to him, negotiations on signing a framework agreement between Russia and Georgia are to continue on July 24th.
The last day of the month will see Russian-Georgian consultations on military issues, including those of Russian servicemen's presence at Georgian bases.
Russia and Georgia differ on the possible time of the withdrawal: the Georgian side insists on 2-3 years, the Russian side - on 14-15 years, the Russian expert explained.
According to him, the main problem is that it will cost much to withdraw Russian servicemen from Georgia and then to quarter them in Russia /about $200 mln/.
"Who will pay for it? Russia cannot afford it, however, if the Georgian side finds a sponsor to do it, the timeframe for the withdrawal may be reduced to 10 years," the Russian Security Council representative said.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969