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Nogaideli slapped in the face2010-02-10 18:01
Yesterday United Russia party and opposition Movement for Fair Georgia signed a cooperation treaty. While parliamentarians of both states are considering exchange of experience in creation of political architecture official Tbilisi accuses Zurab Nogaideli, the Georgian party's leader of treason.
The interparty treaty was in preparation for over a year. As Petre Mamradze, a Movement For Fair Georgia leader said Nogaideli had presented his program in autumn 2008 featuring necessity of dialogue with Russia without absurd preliminary ultimatums and subsequent restoration of relations.
A year after Zurab Nogaideli came to Moscow to discuss prospects of restoration of Russian-Georgian cooperation with PM Vladimir Putin. As further developments showed the oppositionist's trips to the Russian capital were far from formal or consultative.
This was reconfirmed by Boris Gryzlov, chairman of United Russia Supreme Council and State Duma Speaker. According to him the agreement was in no way a spontaneous decision. "We clearly understand that healthy forces must be found in Georgia", - Gryzlov said adding that the agreement stipulates the start of interaction between parties: mutual consultations and information exchange.
Zurab Nogaideli underscores significance of the agreement. "We are fully aware of the fact that today Russian-Georgian relations are at a very low level", - he was quoted on United Russia site. Nogaideli believes that the agreement is a very important, history-making document laying the foundation of the future when Russian-Georgian relations will gradually start improving and hostility will be replaced by friendship and partnership.
It is expected that the agreement will be followed by specific protocols on real steps to be made this year including restoration of air communication and exports between the countries.
Official Tbilisi strictly condemns signature of the Russian-Georgian agreement. Temur Yakobashvili, state minister for reintegration stated that the treaty between United Russia and Nogaideli's movement essentially means "opening of the Russian ruling party's branch in Georgia". According to the minister the document will have no political force for shattered relations between Moscow and Tbilisi.
National democrats were hard on the Georgian oppositionist too. Bachuki Kardava, the party's leader accused Nogaideli of espionage. "He openly signs an agreement to provide detailed information on the situation in Georgia to Moscow", - Kardava said.