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McCain has gone but the problems remain2010-01-12 16:36
Commenting on the outcome of Senator John McCain's blitz-visit, the propagandistic office of the Georgian president represents it as the expression of America's support of Georgia.
"The visit paid by McCain and the senators is a very important signal for the whole region showing that the interest and the attention to the USA and the South Caucasus have not at all faded away as some people were hoping", - said State Minister for Reintegration of Georgia Temur Yakobashvili.
A visit paid by such an influential senator always has a very important meaning, - Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Gigi Tsereteli explained hurriedly.
As he says, McCain has been permanently involved in the processes related to Georgia and has loudly supported and encouraged Georgia in the international arena.
In his turn, first Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Georgiy Bokeria underlined that both the republicans and the democrats have got positive attitude towards Tbilisi. "We have the support of the whole political range", - the Georgian diplomat stated.
Of course, such an opinion can be contested, for not all of the American senators, both among the republicans and the democrats, are the apologists of the unpredictable Georgian president.
Besides, one should not exaggerate McCain's influence in the American politics. During the presidential elections, America preferred Obama, an Afro-American, to the veteran of the Vietnam War, and the former does not feel much admiration for George Bush Jr. and John McCain's Georgian protégé.
Obviously, McCain's arrival in Batumi was aimed at encouraging the master of the Avlabar residence who has recently become less popular among the European politicians. The affected Georgian president not only made McCain Cavalier of the Order of National Hero of Georgia "for the outstanding and heroic deeds for the benefit of the state" but also gave the American senator a present of a pistol of "some American pilot" whose plane was crashed in Vietnam. This is a purely theatrical gesture, for the origin of the pistol is rather doubtful.
According to the Georgian president, the Georgian merchants allegedly acquired it in Gori from a Russian colonel. Well, that is rather a strange present, indeed. One should hardly give an American senator who was once captured by the Vietnamese communists a present of a weapon that belonged to a pilot crashed in Vietnam; the more so, as the pistol was allegedly bought from a "Russian occupant".