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Taking up Nogaideli’s path2010-03-04 13:37
Today Nino Burdzhanadze is calling on her Moscow friends she went to Moscow State Institute of International Relations with. The Ex Speaker repeated the exploit of ex PM Zurab Nogaideli who managed to settle relations with Moscow politicians unafraid to be accused of high treason last year. In the meantime there are suspicions Mikheil Saakashvili has secret ties with Moscow.
It is still unknown whom Nino Burdzhanadze will meet in Moscow. As Interfax reports tomorrow she will be received by Boris Gryzlov, a leader of the United Russia party. Leaving Tbilisi the politician explained to the journalists that she was going to defend interests of her people. "A political dialogue with Russia is vital for Georgia's unity," - she remarked.
An extraordinary statement of her party runs that "the Democratic movement" is pursuing the struggle aimed at "unification of the country, democracy and adherence to Western values". To achieve this "all available resources must be used". The Russian resource too, judging by her visit.
Her next destinations after Moscow are Europe and the United States where she has a number of good friends and advisors.
It was in early February that Burdzhanadze announced her intention to start contacts with the northern neighbor. "No soldier will leave Georgia until we start talking to Russia", - she specified.
Some other opposition forces outside parliament agree with her. For instance, the Conservative party of Georgia believes it necessary to start a dialogue without aggressive tonality and see how the issues can be solved on the basis of state interests of both countries".
Today one of its leaders - Kakha Kukava - welcomed Burdzhanadze's trip. "The opposition and the society gradually start realizing that Georgia needs a more balanced foreign policy, with Russia too", - he said.
By the way some representatives of People's Party are planning a visit to Moscow.
Last year it was Zurab Nogaideli, a politician with a low rating who paved the way. Former Prime Minister who set up his own Movement for Fair Georgia made several post-war visits to Moscow. And they were not without success. He managed to coordinate resumption of Tbilisi-Moscow-Tbilisi flights for New Year and Christmas time, helped to release Georgian teenagers condemned in Tskhinval and finally signed a treaty with dominant United Russia on inter-partisan cooperation.
It is rumored in Georgia that "Nogaideli's diplomacy" is "Eugeny Primakov's project". At the 80th jubilee of this Georgia-born influential politician Russian PM Vladimir Putin said the issue of the country's reunification is resolvable authorizing Primakov to tackle the problem.
Indeed, during one of the visits to Moscow Nogaideli met with Primakov. However Russia's official stand on two new Caucasian states remains firm. The Kremlin is not going to bargain over recognition ready to favor Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's unification with Georgia provided it will be their will - in the form of a confederation, for instance.
Nonetheless, Georgian politicians -even listed as "traitors" for their dealings with Russia - keep hoping for the country's reunification. Not through confrontation that others prefer - but by way of dialogue. Nogaideli appreciates Burdzhanadze's decision to abandon ultimatums and start talks without any preconditions. "The language of ultimatums is not frightening or surprising", - the politician said today.