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About “Russian envy” and Mikhail Saakashvili’s new fancies2009-07-22 15:37
President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili is widely known for his extraordinary statements. Although he is less aphoristic than, say, another well-known politician Victor Chernomyrdin; sill, each of Mikhail Nikolozovitch's statements makes the observers comment upon his "little wisecracks".
His confession to the Wall Street Journalist keeps producing a storm of comments. As Saakashvili had put it, "Georgia's hopes to enter NATO are almost frustrated. This is tragic. It turns out that the Russians had been fighting a good fight in Ossetia".
Naturally, the Georgian president explained to some of the irrational Georgian deputies that the American journalist mistook the meaning of his statement, which originally went as follows: "If they manage to destroy Georgia's intention to join the North-Atlantic alliance, it will mean that Russia had been fighting for rightful purposes". And, indeed, the Wall Street Journal Europe editor admitted that this quotation was initially incomplete and did not give the full message of the context.
However, if the summands are interchanged the total sum remains the same. So far, the North-Atlantic Alliance is not ready to admit neither Georgia, nor Ukraine to its ranks. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Yap de Hoop Scheffer. "Each country is absolutely free to choose an alliance to join; still, this does not mean automatic membership. Joining NATO is a long process, and the candidates are to meet all the necessary requirements. Neither Georgia, nor Ukraine is ready to become members of the alliance so far".
We hope that the Dutchman, who is leaving office, is not going to deny his words; the more so as the new NATO Secretary General Anders Fog Rasmussen, who is going to assume office on August 1, feels even more skeptical about the two new candidates for NATO membership.
Still, so long as Mikhail Saakashvili is obviously going to plague his country into joining NATO, after another "psychological reload", which he seems to experience more often than a personal notebook is reloaded, Saakashvili delivered another couple of expressions, which simply cannot be left unnoticed.
While opening a 5-million-euro new modern French radar system in the international airport of Tbilisi, Mikhail Nikolozovitch again brought about the August war topic. "I would like everyone to remember the facts that preceded the event.
One of the 200 Russian airplanes bombing Georgia disabled the civil aviation system", - a Rosbalt correspondent is quoting the Georgian president.