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How much is Mikhail Saakashvili?2011-11-09 12:59
Things are sooner said than done. Apparently, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has a weakness for this wonderful adage, otherwise how to explain his long wrangles over the Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization? However, the outcome of the negotiations is suitable both for Russia and for now independent Abkhazia and South Ossetia. But what benefit Tbilisi receives from this? And why Mishiko makes himself sought after?
It's obviously, that de facto recognition of Sukhum and Tskhinval was won at the same moment, when neutral Switzerland, under which mediation Moscow and Tbilisi sit at the negotiating table not the first time, offered to hire an independent company to monitor the turnover of goods at the borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Such a step could not fail to disappoint Georgia, which had hoped for greater preferences - thanks to the support of the United States. However, when it became clear that Washington has already yawns with boredom watching Mr. Saakashvili's vain attempts to present his country best small change, they had to compromise.
So now the only thing that prevents Moscow from the WTO accession - is its own doubts. Russian experts are divided evenly into two camps. Some believe that it was not necessary to join the trade organization that is slowly but surely killing the local production of everything, while others believe that this accession is a serious chance to expand markets. However, today it is particularly interesting, why Michail Saakashvili resisted so fiercely, putting a spoke in Kremlin's wheel? The reason is simple to indecency. The Georgian leader simply wanted to gain extra points for Caucasian republic to sell himself dearly in the future.
Georgia's economy faces truly serious trouble. Filling his own worth, Saakashvili has lost friends in Brussels and Washington. Capricious leader of Caucasian state has apparently finally got them all. However, cooperation with Russia, despite the seeming today's improbability, is very beneficial to Tbilisi. Georgian wines, which are still nostalgic for many Russians, may flow on the shelves of the Russian Federation again. The returning of mineral water and other agricultural products will give the country a chance not only to increase its GDP, but also reduce the cost of supplying products to Belarus and Kazakhstan with help of Customs Union. Turkey, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and China have become major markets for exports of Georgian metal and minerals, including iron-based alloys, fertilizers and gold. They drink Georgian wine, but in smaller quantities than Russia was doing it ever before.
Well, the United States and the European Union have recognized that Russia has returned many positions at the post-Soviet area and was able to consolidate its influence. However, Mikhail Saakashvili, for some reason, still hopes for thanks of the American overlord for the fact that Georgia is no longer stubborn on joining of its northern neighbor into the WTO. This gratitude consists in stabilization the domestic market and attracting additional investment, because foreign capital inflows has declined from 2.1 billion, which Caucasian republic received prior to the war in South Ossetia in 2008, to 600 million per year.