28 Sep 2011

Georgia calls on NZ to help with Russia

12:33 pm on 28 September 2011

The Prime Minister of Georgia has called on New Zealand to help his country improve its political relationship with Russia.

Nicolaz Gilauri is in Wellington for the first ever meeting of the prime ministers of Georgia and New Zealand, and says he discussed with John Key economic matters and regional issues in Eastern Europe.

He said Georgia and Russia have good economic ties but no political relationship whatsoever, and the two discussed what countries like New Zealand could do to help.

Mr Key ruled out trying to involve Georgia in New Zealand's free trade negotiations with Russia, saying that for obvious political reasons that's very unlikely.

Both leaders will attend Georgia's Rugby World Cup match against Romania in Palmerston North on Wednesday.