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Medvedev talking to Saakashvili: virtual exchange of amenities

2009-09-25 17:22

4099.jpegAt the end of this week, leaders of Russia and Georgia virtually "exchanged amenities". Mikhail Saakashvili again offered to sacrifice a part of his body. The next day, Dmitriy Anatolyevitch underlined in Pittsburg that he has no intention to deal with Mikhail Nikolaevitch.


Leaders of Russia and Georgia have got a personal disliking to each other which they do not try to conceal. Considering the fact that after August 2008, any dialogue between them has been impossible, not to mention a private conversation, this time, they "exchanged amenities" virtually. However, this was done in the presence of the witnesses of the whole international community. Things started in New-York, at the meeting of the 64th UN General Assembly.

Long before that, the journalists tried to guess whether Mikhail Nikolaevitch and Dmitriy Anatolyevitch were going to meet there. They hoped the presidents would have a straight conversation. However, the Georgian president's administration dispelled the rumors, saying that the meeting had not been scheduled. Although the UN General Assembly was busy settling more important and global problems than the relationship between Russia and Georgia, mutual accusations of Moscow and Tbilisi were inevitable.

As Dmitriy Medvedev assured the participants of the meeting, Russia will continue taking part in settling regional conflicts. "We are sure that using force may only aggravate the situation, which was proved by the last year reckless attempt of the Georgian authorities to fix relationship with South Ossetia by military means. Last August were actually approached a scenario when a local armed conflict could have grown into a large-scale war", - he reminded.

In the opinion of the Russian leader, the collective security system should imply the mechanism of preventing the "irresponsible regimes" from "any opportunity of setting other countries at variance". That was practically all that was related to Georgia. The matters that were discussed further on concerned ABM defense, Iran and SNF. The RF president used his 22-minute speech delivered from the high rostrum to represent all the initiatives brought forward in his name last year. However, the main focus of the speech was placed upon the issues of nuclear disarmament and non-dissemination, as Commersant reports.

The Georgian delegation boycotted the statement of the Russian colleague. Mikhail Nikolaevitch mostly focused his speech upon Russia, having once again accused it of aggression last August, as well as of intention to erect another Berlin Wall in the territory of Georgia. However, there were no direct references to Russia in the speech of the Georgian president. Instead, Saakashvili mentioned "external forces" and "them". Complaining about the announcement of Abkhazia's independence, Saakashvili called it "the cradle of the Georgian civilization".

However, it should be noted that the modern world changes quickly; a year later, the events that happened in Georgia do not any longer present the primary topic for discussion for the world community. For instance, the report made by the international commission under the guidance of Tagliavini will probably be never disclosed despite the publications in the media. According to one of the versions, Europeans consider Georgia to be the aggressor, blaming Russia for provoking this aggression. However, the investigation of details may trigger another turn of confrontation, so one is likely just to keep silent.

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