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Russia implants stability in Georgia2011-11-14 10:51
Georgia's debt to Russia, one of its creditors, amounts to USD 115 mln. In light of latest events over the WTO entry, it is evident that Moscow will not claim this money in 2012. Considering that Georgia's energy sector is almost fully owned by Russian companies, it is possible that Russia's presence in the region will grow. There is a simple explanation to this paradox in lack of diplomatic relations between two countries.
The way Western political strategists work is amazing. Taking advantage of weak points of certain countries, they spur quarrels between countries they need and their allies. That is why it is so strange to see the collapse of Georgian-Russian relations in the international arena. A solid historical foundation of Russia's and Georgia's history, once unique, is still there. Yet, the only factor that keeps Moscow and Tbilisi together now is economic partnership uninterrupted upon introduction of sanctions against Sakartvelo.
Unfriendly acts against the northern neighbor have an explanation. Russia's international image was seriously damaged after the collapse of the Socialist camp. The West needed new tools to reinforce its positions and restrain Moscow's moves. Dependence on Washington advertised as the supreme good turned into attempts to penetrate deeper let alone control borders of the "puppet states", which laid a time bomb for Russia.
It is hard to explain why Georgia was seduced by fluttering speeches from the White House. Nationalistic moods, untypical of most part of Georgians but artfully brought up among potential leaders, resulted in a demonstrative march to "complete freedom and independence". But is the Caucasian republic free? Polls among population who see luxury cars and good restaurants only in the city center, reveal people's discontent over the current authorities that keeps pulling wool over people's ears.
It's little wonder that the United States stake on Caucasus, a potentially explosive and unstable region. Frozen conflicts that were not solved with the help of peacekeeping forces, Russia included, are trump cards in geopolitical games of Washington and its allies. After relative peace brought to Caucasus in 2008, Iran became the target of UN Security Council's criticism instigated by the White House. Iran's close proximity to North Caucasus makes Moscow maneuver between sanctions against Teheran and support of its nuclear program as a factor to restrain pro-Western forces in the region.
MIkheil Saakashvili's attempts to get an extra playground using political improvisations are highly dangerous for the Caucasian republic since it is not clear who will insure risks connected with non-popular decisions by Tbilisi. Irakli Batiashvili, a Georgian political figure, confessed a few years ago: "We don't want political leaders of Georgia to be puppets in the hands of Washington or Kremlin, or, which is worse, Western financial circles". This is, basically, the answer to the puzzle.