TBILISI (AFP) - Georgia has broken off diplomatic ties with Moscow and ordered Russian diplomats to leave Tbilisi, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze told AFP on Friday. "Georgia is cutting diplomatic ties with the Russian Federation," he said. "In such situations, Russian diplomats will have to leave Georgia ." "Only consular relations will be maintained," he added. Speaking to reporters in Stockholm, Foreign Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili said it "would be very awkward to have a diplomatic relationship with Russia , when Russia will be setting up diplomatic relations with South Ossetia and Abkhazia." "The (reasonable) action to be undertaken was the cut-off of diplomatic relations as a temporary measure. After the (end of the) occupation of the territory we will see when and how that can be restored," she said following talks with her Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Khatuna Iosava earlier said that Georgia was to withdraw all diplomats from its Moscow embassy "within the coming days." Russia said the move would not help ease the crisis between the two caused by the five-day war earlier this month. "We regret this step from the Georgian side. It will not assist our bilateral relations," Russian foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said, quoted by Interfax news agency. An unnamed foreign ministry official told state news agency RIA Novosti that Russia would have no choice but to follow suit and close its embassy in Tbilisi.