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«Reset » by Mikheil Saakashvili2009-07-21 17:32
Hardly had the world news agencies reported on Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's sensation statements published in The Wall Street Journal (USA) where he practically admitted that after the August war "Georgia's hopes to join NATO are almost dead" when a retraction appeared.
On Monday at the parliamentary bureau session Givi Targamadze, Chairman of Defense and Security Committee of Parliament of Georgia, accused Russian mass media of "dissemination of idiocy" referring to the articles that mention Saakashvbili's interview with The Wall Street Journal that preceded his speech in parliament. In the interview the Georgian leader states that the country's hopes to accede to NATO and regain Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the near future are almost unfeasible. ""It's tragic. It means the Russians fought for the right reasons."
According to Targamadze many Russian media that reprinted the interview reported that on July 20 Saakashvili would speak in parliament and confess hopelessness of the struggle for control over Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well as the attempts to join NATO. "The society must know that as long as at least one Georgian is alive, nobody will ever admit that", - the deputy stated. Chairman of Georgian Parliament David Bakradze added that President of Georgia could have made such a statement only if Russians had sent a Saakashvili clone to today's parliamentary session".
There was no Mikheil Nikolozovich clone sent by Russians to the parliament. That is why after a new "psychological turnaround" the Georgian president renounced the inappropriate statement saying The Wall Street Journal had apologized to him for misinterpretation of his words on Georgia's prospects of NATO membership.
In the meantime the story is becoming both comic and completely provocative. It is known that the Georgian president speaks fluent English and inaccurate translation is excluded. Besides not only Russian media but the source (the American newspaper) was condemned by the Georgians. Saakashvili's administration believes that The Wall Street Journal journalist allegedly put Saakashvili's words in his own interpretation, the Georgian media report. According to the Georgian officials Saakashvili said "If Georgia fails to accede to NATO this will be a great tragedy for the country" and didn't say "The hope of Georgia joining NATO is almost dead."
What was the sense to throw this information in if it really existed?
Mikheil Saakashvili's speech in parliament was delivered during the night on Tuesday, literally in the run-up to US Vice President Joe Biden's visit expected in Tbilisi on Wednesday. Now it looks like the influential US newspaper has "framed" him. So Biden will probably have to "carry the can" for the clumsy American journalist.