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Ukraine’s “lessons of reconciliation”2009-10-07 08:48
For the first time this year, the Georgian government announced the necessity of mending relationship with Russia. Before, such proposal could be made only by the oppositional leaders. The official Tbilisi does not rule out the possibility that Ukraine will become a mediator in negotiations with Moscow. The GeorgiaTimes correspondent tried to find out whether this is real.
President of Georgia wants to mend relationship with Russia. This was stated by Mikhail Saakashvili in his interview to BBC.
In his talk with the foreign journalists, Saakashvili also commented upon Heidi Tagliavini's report. "I am satisfied with the commission's report on facts establishing, so long as it agrees with all the facts that we have been talking about since last year. All the facts stated in the report are true. The report says that Georgia was the victim and Russia had been getting ready for the war. It invaded our territory and started ethnic cleansing", - Saakashvili stated.
The principle of "playing a victim" has more than once helped Mikhail Nikolaevitch to gain the favor of the Western partners.
It must be admitted that Tagliavini's report contains many ambiguous statements that seem to be satisfactory neither for Moscow nor for Tbilisi. The general conclusion goes as follows: the bombardment of South Ossetia by the Georgian army triggered a military conflict, while Russia applied "excessive force".
The radical opposition of Georgia is calling to bring Saakashvili to justice. However, the experts believe that this is not enough to force the president to resign.
"The authorities managed to convince the public that the report made by Tagliavini's commission is rather ambiguous and that Russia's guilt is mentioned there as well as the guilt of the Georgian government", - independent political expert David Avalishvili told "Commersant".
Now Mikhail Nikolaevitch who has been well known for his excessive PR talent is trying to convince the West of his rightness. Well, there is nothing surprising in it, for his political future depends directly upon the White House support.
What is rather unusual is Saakashvili's desire to mend relationship with Moscow, which is strongly opposed to any conversation with him. Either Mikhail Nikolaevitch got the scent of new ideas triggered by the "reload" between Moscow and Washington, or he has decided to outplay all of his opponents who start talking one by one about mending the Georgian-Russian relationship.
However, Saakashvili could not help his habitual declamation. For instance, in Hard Talk broadcasted by BBC he could not keep from kicking the Russian capital. "Georgia wants to mend relationship with Russia despite the fact that Russia is trying to change the country's government which was elected in a democratic way", - the Georgian president stated.
When asked by the journalist "Will you follow Joe Biden's advice and state now that you will not seek any conflict with South Ossetia?" Saakashvili answered: "A war is what Georgia needs least of all now". Again he snatched an opportunity to take a dig at the Kremlin: "Especially with the aggressive Russia which has recently adopted an external intervention law". Saakashvili probably meant the Law on Using Russian Troops Abroad passed by State Duma in September. The document significantly enlarges the geography and the opportunities of using the Russian armed forces.