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To Russia - with cross and cognac2011-11-29 12:07
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to praise the Patriarch's visit to Moscow after the Christian Democrats, after reading a new plan for the Saakashvili government, got very surprised: there is no mention of Russia, as if the factor of its proximity was not important for Georgia. This is fundamentally wrong, as well as buckets of dirt, poured on Illia II, and prohibitions for winemakers to apply to Onishchenko. After all, in fact, all the wine producers want to follow the example of brandy plant "Sarajishvili" which has already found its way into the Russian market.
A few days ago with the filing of Mikhail Saakashvili, Ilia II was called as a traitor for having traveled to Moscow at the 65th anniversary of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. "The Russian Church has announced a crusade to restore the Soviet Union, and, therefore, to put an end to independence of Georgia", Saakashvili's inflamed imagination dictated him.
And today, the Georgian Foreign Ministry has welcomed the attempt of the head of the church to mend relations between the countries. "It's hard to evaluate this visit, since we actualy do not participate in its planning. Though, if anyone can contribute to the settlement of the conflict, it is welcomed", said Deputy Minister Nino Kalandadze at a briefing. Of course, they clarified that reconciliation is impossible in the near future. But still, if you remember the campaign of harassment the opposition because of lobbying air service Moscow-Tbilisi and the exchange of prisoners with South Ossetia, the new statement by Foreign Ministry - it's a kind of revelation.
Although the notion of "enemy" and "occupier" in relation to Russia is still dominating in the speeches of Georgian politicians, they are well aware that the prosperity of Georgia is in her hands. Therefore, when the country's strategic development plan doesn't mention its northern neighbor, it is at least surprising. But only few dare to speak of it. Among these brave individuals, not afraid to label "KGB agent", there is the leader of the Christian Democrats George Targamadze. In the course of political debate in Parliament, he stated that for Georgia's economic development, normalization of relations with Russia is crucial.
The Christian Democrats, though they are considered the opposition, are still its quite moderate wing and had never nourished much sympathy to the Kremlin. But now it is clear even for them that all Georgia's plans, aimed at attracting investment and tourists, turn into dust at the mere mention of the threat of another war.
While there is no stability and security, the most of the ten-point strategy plan will remain idle chatter. Even free economic zone in Poti, Targamadze said, does not work precisely because the ghost of 2008 is not forgotten. "If your job is to attract more investment, then it is necessary to stabilize relations with northern neighbor and minimize risks for investors. And not the other way, as you have arranged the hysteria in the media, when the Patriarch made a visit to Moscow. We have put this man in a very inconvenient situation. Such hysteria is not acceptable for resolving those problems which involve the creation of security guarantees for investors", summed Targamadze.
The opposition hit right into the Achilles heel of Saakashvili's government. So, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs started singing praises to Ilia II.