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G20 summit strengthens Russia’s stance on Caucasus2009-04-06 12:46
Upon completion of London's G20 summit Dmitry Medvedev made a clear statement: he is not going to cooperate with Saakashvili but he has nothing against Georgian people. These are his words after the meeting with Barack Obama with both presidents showing their readiness for mutual concessions.
Georgy Chuladze, a student of the London School of Economics asked Dmitri Medvedev about the attitude to Georgia. Russian president went to the school immediately after the end of G20 summit formal events during which according to RIA Novosti several decisions profitable for Russia were adopted. Among them are agreements on nuclear reduction and the USA proclaimed support of Russia's WTO membership. Besides at the London meeting between Medvedev and US new president Barack Obama the latter conveyed a very clear message that he was ready for certain concessions for the sake of partnership with Russia on a number of issues - from strategic arms reduction to the Iran nuclear problem solution.
Differences on Caucasus were not resolved at the meeting but on speaking to the American president the Russian leader has complete confidence in truthfulness of his position. During his speech at the London School of Economics Medvedev repeated three main theses on the situation in Georgia:
- What are you going to do to settle relations with Georgia? - a Georgian student (see photo) asked during the meeting broadcast on Russian First TV Channel.
-We want to have good relations with Georgia. We love and esteem the people of Georgia. I do not want to have any relations with President Saakashvili and will not deal with him. But if sooner or later the power in Georgia changes as a result of democratic processes we are open to any discussions, - Dmitry Medvedev replied.
In the run-up to April rallies of the Georgian opposition this statement could seem too biased and had a lop-sided evaluation by the Georgian experts. "This statement confirms Russia's interest in the change of power in Georgia", - Medvedev's words were commented by politologist Kakha Gogolashvili in his interview with Georgian media. According to him Moscow fosters aggravation to make the dialogue between April 9 protestors and authorities impossible. Gogolashvili believes Medvedev's statement gave the opposition an additional boost for more radical acts.
Vakhtang Maisaya took the Russian president's frankness for "political cynicism".
"It can be considered as a desire to speak in a mocking tone". - the politologist believes.