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Georgia isn’t armed but is still dangerous2010-09-03 10:51
Georgian authorities are trying to attract RF citizens to their country. Judging by the statements made in Tbilisi, guests from 1/6th part of land have got nothing to expect but a lavishly set table and the strikingly beautiful mountain views. It looks like Georgia is sure that the speeches about hospitality and kindliness will erase the two-year-old events from Russians' memory.
Russian MFA officials have made it clear through official spokesman Andrey Nesterenko that they believe it dangerous for their citizens to visit Georgia. According to the position of RF foreign administration, Russians and other foreigners are exposed to the risk of various provocations up to criminal prosecution.
By the way, Russian diplomats' opinion is shared by their foreign colleagues. It turned out that diplomatic missions of Great Britain, USA and Germany in Georgia are also warning about the danger of visiting Sakartvelo. However, the people of these countries should beware of, perhaps, the excessively zealous local criminal elements hunting after a "hot" dollar or euro. Russian citizens are facing the risk of getting the full idea of hatred of their land that was set loose in 2008 with the power of a giant volcano.
The point at issue is not only the shooting of the Russian peacemaking base in Tskhinval and the elimination of peaceful citizens in South Ossetia, which have mostly got RF citizenship. One should also remember the anti-Russian hysteria that broke out in the Georgian society at the instigation of the country's political leaders. The acts of burning the white-blue-red flags in the squares of the Georgian towns and cities destroyed not only the cloth. This was the way the initiators of such actions tried to eliminate the whole history of the Russian-Georgian relationship. It was done with an active approval of the representatives of the top echelon of the Georgian power.
Now the country's government is trying to turn the situation through 180. For instance, State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration Teymuraz Yakobashvili in his interview to GeorgiaTimes correspondent stated that Russian citizens are fully safe in Georgia. "99,99 percent of Russian population does not feel any danger when visiting Georgia. It is only the special services officials whom we do not welcome with open arms, for they come to our country to set up subversive and provocative acts. Still, they are very small in number. Most Russian citizens had no problems in Georgia and they can't have any. And there are no anti-Russian sentiments in Georgia", - the official asserts.
According to him, the statements of Russian MFA are part of the anti-Georgian propaganda initiated by the country's government. "That's how they try to conceal from Russians the true way Georgia is developing with no gas or oil and the fact that there are no anti-Russian sentiments", - member of Georgian government asserts.
Answering the question about the future of Russian citizens who have been to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Teymuraz Yakobashvili underlined that in case of correct completion and timely warning about the visit, persecution is out of the question. "We are not talking about any purposeful persecution. There are definite rules on how to enter and where from", - the minister explained.