Putin, Georgian president could meet in Sochi

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the leaders of Russia and Georgia could meet on the sidelines of the Sochi Games. That would be the first meeting between the Russian and Georgian presidents since the 2008 war.

Russia and Georgia waged a five-day war in August 2008, which ended with Russian troops in full control of two breakaway Georgian territories. One of them, Abkhazia, is several kilometers away from the Olympic park in Sochi.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday he "would not exclude" a meeting between Putin and Georgia's Giorgi Margvelashvili, who succeeded war-time president Mikhail Saakashvili and will be attending the games.

Russia and Georgia severed diplomatic ties in 2008 and have not restored them, despite the resumption of trade links.

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