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To forget about Russia2009-10-14 22:42
Since the beginning of ХХI century, the West has been trying to convince the former USSR republics that they should forget about Russia for the sake of their "democratic" future, and that was exactly what some of them did. However, in fact, the "advantages" turned out to be rather doubtful, especially in the period of global economic crisis. Still, Georgia does not seem to be confused by other countries' example. It keeps heading towards forgetting the northern state in spite of the common law of minor objects being attracted by major ones.
The Georgians' desire to forget about Russia was recently voiced by Grigol Vashadze in London. Head of Ministry of Foreign Affairs precisely repeated the phrase of one of his predecessors.
In 2006, having joined the opposition, Salome Zurabishvili explained to French periodical L'Express what Georgia's further way must look like (her metaphor served as the name of the party she is leading).
"The majority of them (the delegates - ed.) are in favor of maintaining relationship with Russia according to the typical old scheme; they have got their own political and financial interests. These relations should be mended via keeping certain distance; I have always been saying that "we should forget about Russia". Today, things look just the other way round, for the entire attention is concentrated upon Russia", - she stated.
To soften the excessively harsh remark, the French Georgian with the education of a diplomat added: "I do not want to keep Russia at bay forever. It has got its own role in the region, as well as its own interests but it cannot interfere into everything!".
It is not only Georgia whom the western political consultants advise to forget about Russia.
"The first rule of the democratic fight is "to forget about Russia". It has got no more influence upon other people's future. At the same time, concern about Russia's reaction is a negative factor of the democratic movement", - Director of Project for Transitional Democracies, President of the NATO American Committee Bruce Jackson strongly advised to the Belarusian oppositionists in 2004 in his interview to the press center of the oppositional Charter-97.
So long as Belarus ignored the advice it was criticized for dictatorial regime but it had cheap gas and a free goods access to the extensive Russian market. Now it tries to turn away from Moscow from time to time, ignoring its interests. Well, and what has it got for that? Increased prices for energy products, problems with products sales and so on.