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Tbilisi Has a Grouch on Europe2010-04-23 20:22
Slowly but steadily Russia is regaining its lost grounds in the post-Soviet territory, restoring its impact on the neighbouring republics. Today the American «Time» published such an article: «Russia is Restoring Its Influence Area, USA Not Contrary». Georgia that decided to follow the way of confrontation with Russia is surely displeased with the new facts. And if so far the sunny Tbilisi does not dare express its dissatisfaction with the policy of the new White House administration, it does not hide its grievance against Mother Europe which is too loyal to the First Capital City of Moscow ...
A visible chill between the official Tbilisi and Europe was first noticed by the public after the publication of the "truth mission" report on the August events. The results of Tagliavini's report, in spite of many differences, conceptually coincided with the point of view stated by some European experts right after the August events: the war was started by Georgia. Though, due to the Georgian mass media the authorities managed to convince the society that the Tagliavini Committee report is ambiguous, and it speaks of Russia's fault not less than of that of the Georgian authorities, but a nasty taste remained.
Some Georgian mass media controlled by the authorities repeategly published materials on the excessive dependence of European countries on the Russian power sources. Journalists wrote with skepticism that for Europe financial interests are sometimes more important than democratic values. The devout Germany received most criticism from Tbilisi. The Kremlin has the most constructive and pragmatic relations with this country which is reinforced by kindly feelings of their leaders towards each other. As a result a diplomatic scandal flared up between Tbilisi and Berlin. Last year the German embassy in Georgia requested apologies for the Georgian mass media distributing rumours that the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Walter Steinmeyer was going to occupy a top position in the Russian state company Gazprom. The German diplomats called the message of the Georgian mass media «speculation» and expressed their hope that «in future no similar journalistic "mistakes" would take place in future». The scandal gradually came to nought. Just the Georgian opposition made some acid remarks that the authorities were losing the support of Europe.