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Price of Lukasenko’s recognitionPrice of Lukasenko’s recognition2011-09-26 13:58
Georgian authorities have a peculiar way of treating information published by scandalous WikiLeaks portal. When diplomatic cables favor Tbilisi, Mikheil Saakashvili is full of joy like a child. Yet, when his own shady affairs are unveiled, he childishly screams: "Lies!"Thus, it turned out recently that Alexander Lukashenko was bargaining over Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's recognition with Moscow. It is a blow below the belt for Saakashvili.
A new political scandal is flaring up in the post-Soviet space. Not long ago Russian president Dmitry Medvedev caught Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on lies for going back on his word to acknowledge independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Georgian leadership was elated over the fact, naturally: people of Belarus won't dance to Kremlin's flute striving for partnership with Europe and thus bringing drastic changes to the vector of foreign policy. What else can be sweeter for Mikheil Saakashvili who naively believes that Washington offers a helping hand to former Soviet republics out of compassion.
Thanks to US diplomats fond of writing lengthy messages to each other instead of doing their job, it's common knowledge now that the USA still view Russia as a threat to their national interests and apply all efforts to drive Minsk and Kiev away from Moscow's influence. Georgia, a pioneer of independence, failed to conquer the ghosts of the past so it keeps causing damage to Kremlin. In the meantime, Alexander Lukashenko found it difficult to decide what is better - the Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic community or protectorate of Brussels.
Both made tempting offers to the leader of Belarus, so while Batka was beating around in doubts, Mikheil Saakashvili informed, with the help of WikiLeaks portal, that Alexander Grigoryevich hates Vladimir Putin and will never agree to betray Sakartvelo's "territorial integrity". In confirmation of his fantasies he started writing hysterical letters to Tina Kaidanow, US deputy assistant secretary of state asking Washington to assert influence on Lukashenko as soon as possible. It is not a gross problems when "the break-away enclaves" are recognized by Tuvalu island state or a Latin American country like Venezuela, for instance. But vicinity of countries ready to acknowledge sovereignty of Sukhum and Tskhinval hurts the "father of the nations" to the heart: after all he failed to save the statehood from destruction and sold his motherland to foreign interveners.
Tina Kaidanow was rather polite with hysterical Mikheil Nikolozovich. Yet, he warned him that Batka is unpredictable and inconsistent in his actions which strongly disorients both the West and Kremlin. The European Union set great hopes on Belorussia with regard to Eastern Partnership scheme. Things began very well: Lukashenko fell out with Moscow because of Russian gas and turned his back on Kremlin. Abkhazia and South Ossetia remained unrecognized by Belarus where this decision was supposed to be adopted at a session of the Belarusian parliament. Nonetheless, this issue was never included in the agenda.