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The last August moral2009-08-06 16:16
Generally speaking, there are two points of view in Georgia regarding the circumstances of the last year war that started with an expected and, at the same time, sudden attack of the Georgian army at Tskhinval. The official Tbilisi keeps blaming Moscow for having allegedly provoked it. The opposition is angry with the imprudent actions taken by President Mikhail Saakashvili and cannot put up with the loss of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia says that the Georgians should only blame themselves.
Very many people in Georgia are now ready to admit that it is the Georgians who are to blame for the split that happened to the country. GeorgiaTimes has recently told about those who understand that the country was brought into a dead-lock by the pro-Western orientation to the prejudice of friendship with Russia.
However, the overall majority of the Georgian politicians, experts and public figures continue to bow to Europe and the USA. Even if they see the connection between their own ambition to enter NATO and Russia's support of Abkhazia and South Ossetia they are surely not going to blame themselves for it. On the contrary, from their viewpoint, the fact that Russia is protecting its own interests in relations with the border countries is, in fact, the proof of aggression of the Northern state, though this is the way all the high and mighties do.
Contemplating that way, the Georgian officials are still blaming Russia for having launched a war last year. They say that it provoked Georgia to deliver an attack at Tskhinval, the city that "the friendly" Georgians are listing among their territories, and whose citizens they are still trying to call fellow nationals, even though they bombarded them a year ago. Thus, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexander Nalbandov in his interview to Vremya Novostei (News Time) continues to assert that unlike Georgia, Russia has drawn no lesson from last year, setting up provocative acts at the border.
"Provocative acts are set up at those spots, where the ruling regimes are supported by the Russian bayonets. Accusations of aggravating the situation addressed to Georgia are groundless, which is confirmed by the European Union observers working near Abkhazia and South Ossetia. But they are denied access to Abkhazia and South Ossetia because of Russia's position", - a representative of the foreign policy administration of Georgia says. Well, the Georgian party cannot put an observer under every bush either, and it is so far unclear who is firing at the Ossetian observation points and villages.
As to the lessons that Georgia has drawn, Nalbandov decided not to enlarge upon the topic.