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Europeans do not trust Ivanishvili?2013-04-22 19:17
President of the European People's Party Wilfried Martens sends another letter to Georgia. Martens notes that in the current situation in Georgia, there is no chance to sign an agreement with the European Union about the associated partnership, since the leadership of the country does not respect European values and principles. What did Wilfried Martens mean, and what is the outlook of cooperation between Georgia and the EU?
President of the European People's Party has criticized the government of Ivanishvili. Shortly before the visit of Georgian Prime Minister to Strasbourg, where he is scheduled to speak at the PACE session, Wilfried Martens said that at this stage it was absolutely unreal to sign an agreement on the associated partnership between Georgia and the European Union. "Between Tbilisi and Brussels, there is no trust, it is destroyed," Martens wrote in his letter. "It is insufficient only to sign this agreement. There is no guarantee that this document will be fulfilled by the Georgian leadership, and without that the ratification of agreement by the Member States does not make sense."
Martens adds that although he understood the desire of the Georgian leadership to establish good relations with Russia, the improvement should not happen at any cost. And to normalize relations while the Russian troops are deployed in the territory recognized by the international community as part of Georgia, it is difficult or even impossible. Martens also calls on the Georgian authorities to focus on fulfilling the promises made to the public before the parliamentary election in 2012, and says that despite all the odds, his party is ready to dialogue and cooperation with the government of Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Martens' statement was made a few days before the visit of the Prime Minister to Strasbourg, where Ivanishvili is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the PACE. Background before the speech of the Premiere, whose political opponents already accuse him of changing the foreign policy, is quite unfavorable. Especially since most of the questions at the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be related to the foreign policy of the country.
Meanwhile, Ivanishvili is attacked from the other side. The head of the Russian delegation to PACE Alexey Pushkov stated that so far the statements of the new authorities of Georgia are no different from the statements of Saakashvili. "We intend to ask Ivanishvili if Georgia is going to change the policy in relation to Russia to see how we can count on the possibility of settlement of relations with Tbilisi," Pushkov said in an interview with reporters.
Ivanishvili, one can say, has got in the crossfire. However, members of his political coalition consider Pushkov's statement a proof that Georgia does not change and is not going to change the foreign policy, but at the same time intends to normalize relations with Russia. "Alexey Pushkov has definitely pointed out that Georgia was not going to change the foreign course," MP from the coalition "Georgian Dream" Levan Berdzenishvili said in an interview with reporters. "Our course is NATO and the European Union. And normalization of relations with Russia would not come at the expense this course. We're not going to yield to Pushkov or anyone else," said Berdzenishvili.