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WTO invasion in Tbilisi2011-11-01 20:49
The president and concurrently Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey arrived to Tbilisi. The head of the alpine confederation is going to present to his Georgian counterpart Mikhail Saakashvili the Russian amendments to an agreement on joining its northern neighbor to the World Trade Organization, approved by his government. And there's no ground to doubt that the leader of Transcaucasian republic will accept it. Otherwise, he can face the worst diplomatic defeat after the collapse of his South Ossetian adventure.
On the eve, the president of Switzerland met with the Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev.
"They discussed all the details on the documents necessary to complete the negotiations, said the aide of the Russian president Arkady Dvorkovich at a news conference. At present, President of Switzerland, as I understand it, is in Tbilisi with a number of clarifying questions, and in the coming time they will discuss these issues with the President of Georgia. We hope to hear the results of these consultations in the near future. If there will be no major changes in the positions, I think, we have a good chance to complete this process as soon as possible".
Such outcome is in the interests of both contracting parties. Russia has achieved that all politically engaged items, that could call into question the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, have been removed from the agreement on the WTO. Saakashvili's government has refused to name the Russian-Abkhaz and South Ossetian-Russian border a segments of the common Russian-Georgian boundary, that is, in fact, it does not recognize the independence of the two former autonomies, but at least, they agreed that the enclaves are not part of Georgian territory. Thus, Moscow will be able to join the World Trade Organization on a general basis, without resorting to an extraordinary voting. In turn, Mikhail Saakashvili will be able to avoid the most resounding defeat of his foreign policy since the August war. Unless, of course, if he does not balk at the last moment.
"In spite of everything, it is premature to speak of a particular option, since the final decision has been reached, the BBC quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze. But the more importantly is that Georgia has done everything to enable Russia to join the WTO and actually agreed on many compromises". But the negotiators from Sakartvelo had no other choice. Saakashvili and his clique deprived them of freedom of maneuver. At the time, Tbilisi puppet of Washington had put too much efforts to prove to the world and his fellow citizens, that, above all, his position has some weight in global affairs and that this position was strong enough to prevent one of the world's leading economies, supported by all the grandees of global politics - United States, European Union and China, from accession into the transnational organization of free trade. It took an extraordinary visit of the Head of Department of European Commission on Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Gunnar Wiegand to Georgia, to cut Mishiko and his accomplices down to size and to point to their real place in the international tables of ranks.