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Soviet mentality saddens Vashadze2011-12-13 19:57
Georgian minister of interior Grigol Vashadze in an interview with Delfi agency confirmed commitment of the Georgian government not to take part in activities of international organizations created under the auspices of Russia. As if Georgia is invited to. Yet, inadequacy of Saakashvili's sidekicks is not surprising as recently confirmed by the high grade Georgian FM gave to GUAM, an organization on the verge of collapse.
On the other side, he had little choice. Despite Mikheil Saakashvili's and Vashadze's presence at all summits, conferences and all gatherings in hope to be admitted in some international organization that has a real value in the international arena, - they haven't made much progress yet. So they have to treasure cripples they have.
GUAM's inability to act or produce any meaningful project over the years of its existence is evident to all members of this group - a rather weird one from the beginning. Two years ago then president of Moldova Vladimir Voronin described the organization as "unviable and unpromising".
Azerbaijan shares this opinion. "From the date of establishment GUAM bloc has given nothing to its members. This association was based on economic interest. The organization for democracy and progress was set up as a geopolitical counterweight of Russia", - Zardusht Alizadze, an Azerbaijani politologist remarks. - Organizations set up on this basis in the post-Soviet space can't last for a long time". It is much more important for Ukraine to solve the gas issue with Russia than spend resources on a still-born project.
Only official Tbilisi seems to have no complaints and is full of optimism over GUAM's future. Delivering a speech in Vilnius, Grigol Vashadze stated: "Nothing has changed inside GUAM. Today all four states acknowledge with satisfaction that rumors on shutdown of the organization are premature". One could add: because it has never been alive!
As the Azerbaijani politologist fairly remarks, without a political basis no inter-state association can be solid. Besides, it is quite difficult to develop economy in the post-Soviet space without Russia's involvement. And Georgia knows it well - like all other fragments of the USSR. Practically all energy of the country is controlled by Russian companies; many infrastructural projects are carried out with the help of Russian capital. This is direct influence. And there is also indirect impact.
After Kazakhstan joined in the Customs Union of Russia and Belarus, the Georgian trade was severely affected losing possibilities to reexport used foreign cars to the republic in Central Asia. Knowing that, Georgian bureaucrats really can be afraid of intensification of economic integration in the post-Soviet space. Yet, unable to find economic grounds for that, they look for a political subtext.
"Certainly, we are alarmed at Moscow's plans to restore the Soviet Union. I must say we are very suspicious about the country's involvement in all these Eurasian projects. Georgia has no plans, no intent to participate in these organizations or associations under the auspices of Russia that is restoring the USSR", - Vashadze remarks.
Actually, Russia does not have plans or intent to invite Georgia anywhere. At least, as long as the talentless puppet is staying in Avlabari. Though it is quite difficult to imagine benefits from such an economic integration with Russia for Georgia. Particularly, if the Eurasian Union lobbied by Vladimir Putin is created. Yet, now that Georgia is not invited, it takes a trite pose of a proud, successful, and self-sufficient state.