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Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with David Cameron s ideas on visa restrictions for Russian nationals and speeding up Georgia s admission to NATO, the PMS replied that on visas we already had restrictions on visas for Russian officials including in the security apparatus, dating from the post-Litvinenko era. On a wider application of visa restrictions, we did not support further restrictions that would have an impact on ordinary Russian people, and nor should they be punished for the actions of their Government. On Georgia s application to join NATO, there would be a North Atlantic Council with NATO Foreign Ministers tomorrow in Brussels, and we expected that meeting to send both a strong signal of concern about Russian action in the region, and also support for Georgia. But he was not going to get ahead of decisions that meeting might take.

Asked if the Prime Minister thought David Cameron s visit to Georgia was helpful, the PMS replied that this was a serious international crisis and we welcomed all positive contributions.

Asked if the Prime Minister thought this was a positive contribution, the PMS replied that he was not going to comment directly on that visit, it highlighted the difficult position that Georgia was in and as we had also said we had signalled our support for Georgia and it s right to determine it s own future and territorial integrity.

Asked if there were similar plans for a Minister to visit Georgia soon, the PMS replied that as the Foreign Office had said on Friday there were plans for David Miliband to travel on from the NATO ministerial meeting, but plans should be checked with the FCO.

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