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Georgia 2012: The open-door year2012-01-03 13:37
Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Russia were severed more than three years ago. Could the relations between Moscow and Tbilisi warm up in the new 2012? Georgian politicians have done a forecast on this issue for GTimes.
Kakha Dzagania, the ideological secretary of the Labor Party: Unfortunately, the political and economic relations between Georgia and Russia won't warm up in the New Year, in my opinion. This is due to the fact that Tbilisi's foreign policy hasn't long been changed. That's why I have no big hopes.
I wish the Orthodox peoples of the two countries all the best to celebrate Christmas at rich table with warm hearts. I'd like to hope that in 2012 Georgia will change the power and will welcome the settlement of all issues with Moscow. And the people will live as they lived in the Soviet Union - in the fraternal and friendly relations.
Petre Mamradze, the deputy of the faction "Unity for Democracy": It is possible that there will be at least some improvement at the international level under Saakashvili. These people have already chose their relationship with Russia based on the flow of insults and curses. But in the longer term, I have no doubt that our relations will be normalized and will be exactly worthy for both nations and will conform the existed traditions traditions. Despite all the deeds of the politicians, especially after Saakashvili's military-political adventure in 2008, relations between the two countries weren't soured - this is important. More than a million, that is, one in four Georgians, prefer to live in Russia today, to work in this country and to help out their relatives in Georgia. So, the problem is in the ruling group, and we can't wait the better times until we change it peacefully and democratically.
I have many wishes to the two people. I'm constantly thinking about when the economic and social situation in countries would improve and peace and prosperity would come. Our countries have a large common resource. Now they only must implement this resource.
Kakha Kukava, the leader of the "Free Georgia": I think a lot will depend on the parliamentary elections in Georgia and the presidential elections in Russia. In In October, various political forces, which have different programs towards Moscow, will compete for power. Our party, for example, advocates for the resumption of negotiations between Georgia and Russia and for settlement of all disputes through dialogue. As for the elections in Russia, it is also extremely important from the perspective of establishing bilateral relations. If the same course would remain, the signals of the 2011 must be implemented. First of all, I mean the possibility to restore the export of Georgian products to Russia. It may be only the beginning of the dialogue, including the political issues, like the situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. I do not exclude that for example the Eurasian Union could be one of the most effective sites for the search for a compromise.