While discussing the feasibility of Georgia's withdrawal from theCommonwealth of the Independent States (CIS), it is necessary to weigh allpros and cons of this move and only after that make a decision, head of theGeorgian Foreign Ministry Irakly Menagarishvili said in an interview withRustavi-2, a Georgian television station. The Georgian Foreign Ministerstressed he "respects the decisions made by the Georgian parliament, butthe final decision in similar affairs rests with the President of thecountry, according to the Constitution". At the same time, GeorgianPresident Eduard Shevardnadze said he did not "share" the decision made bythe Georgian parliament about the necessity to embark on a procedure ofdenouncing Georgia's agreements of its joining the CIS. He believes it is"unacceptable in the current conditions" to raise a question of Georgia'swithdrawal from the CIS, the Black Sea Press news agency reported..
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Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov