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Mayor of Tbilisi backed down

2010-01-20 08:52

5121.jpegMayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava has gone back on his own word. As is known, the chief of city administration stated recently that Georgia is ready to give up joining NATO should Russia withdraw its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. However, Ugulava asserts now that his interview contains a lot of discrepancies that allegedly distort the main idea of his statements. At the same time, they say in the publishing office that there is a possibility of a mistake.


Not so long ago, Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava gave an interview to Russian Newsweek. Ugulava underlined that the personal dislike between the Russian president and the Russian prime minister should pale into insignificance and underlined that if Russia withdraws its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia will give up seeking membership in NATO and the Russian-Georgian relationship might be settled. "The economical connection with Russia is important for Georgia; the more so as the Russian market has long been unavailable for the Georgian products", - the city administrator summed up.

However, soon the Mayor's Office of the capital came out with a statement that the interview contains certain discrepancies. "Ugulava does not believe it possible to keep any "bargaining" as to Georgia's policy in NATO, which was approved by the country's population two years ago at the referendum", - newspaper VZGLYAD is citing the statement with reference to the Interpressnews agency. The document also says that Ugulava is not competent enough to discuss the issues like this and supports joining NATO, for he considers such step to be one of the basic elements of Georgia's external politics.

It is interesting that the Russian Newsweek keeps insisting upon the fact that the city administrator of Tbilisi really talked about the possibility of Georgia's giving up its intention to join NATO if the Russian troops are withdrawn from the young republics. "Every word the Mayor said in his interview was really said and it was his position for the moment", - author of the interview Elizabeth Maetnaya reported to radio Echo of the Caucasus. According to her, the talk with Ugulava was held in the presence of the Mayor's press secretary; moreover, the interview record is also available.

If we mention the reasons that made Ugulava go back on his own word, the first thing we would think of is the Georgian authorities' current foreign policy, according to which the country is conducting reforms within the annual plan of cooperating with NATO. As is known, Ugulava is one of Mikhail Saakashvili's closest associates.

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