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Moscow syndrome of the Georgian politicians2009-11-09 09:49
The word "Moscow" means much not only to the Russian heart but to the Georgian politicians as well. Despite the breach between the two countries, all the roads still lead to the Third Rome. Some are convinced that the keys to Abkhazia and South Ossetia are kept in the Kremlin; others are calling to forget about the "evil neighbor" at all. Anyway, today, any reference to Moscow brings a storm of emotions in Georgia. Sometimes it is nothing but a storm in a teacup, like, for example, in case with the information about Burjanadze's pending visit to the Russian capital.
Before that, the Georgian media reported that former Speaker of Parliament, leader of the oppositional Democratic Movement - United Georgia Nino Burjanadze is going to visit Moscow soon.
It was also reported that if Nino Burjanadze becomes president of Georgia, relationship with Russia is going to improve. However, this can hardly be regarded as a piece of news. The Georgian experts and politicians have been repeating for the whole year that Nino Anzorovna is one of the actual candidates for presidency and that both Moscow and Washington are quite satisfied with her candidature.
Similar comments were made upon another oppositionist Irakliy Alasania. However, both the politicians never managed to significantly improve the domestic situation in the country: Mikhail Nikolaevitch is obviously not going to leave office until 2013.
It is fair to say that despite the current relative lull, the opposition has got no intention to give up the fight. One of the oppositional program points, which is quite different from the statements of the ruling party, is the settlement of relationship with Russia. This was more than once stated by almost all the oppositional leaders. These principles were also brought forward by Burjanadze and Alasania; however, no one of them ever ventured to come to Moscow.
Nino Anzorovna has already been several times accused of close connections with the Kremlin and sponsorship from Moscow. Thus, it is quite clear that she has no intention to hurry to the Russian capital. As to Irakliy Alazania, he prefers to pay visits to the West and confines himself to statements about settling relationship with Moscow.
Nevertheless, certain changes can be seen in the Georgian-Russian "frost". Leader of Movement for Fair Georgia Zurab Nogaideli has recently come to Moscow for the first time after the August events. While staying in Moscow he said that the two countries needed a dialogue without any preconditions and ultimatums.
Starting off for Washington, leader of Laborites stated that he was going to visit Moscow afterwards. At that time, it became known that Nino Burjanadze was planning a trip to the capital of the former Soviet republics.