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Gia Khukhashvili: I’d like to hope that America will become a true friend of Georgia, and not a friend of the Georgian government2008-11-10 09:40
Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential election has caused ambiguous assessments and certain expectations in Georgia.
During the US election campaign, representatives from the Georgian government repeatedly and unequivocally stated that they were supporting Obama's rival John McCain, because his pronouncements directed at Russia were harsher and he more explicitly expressed support for Georgia during the August events.
Now, in spite of Barack Obama's victory, the Georgian government is confident that even with a Democratic president the USA's attitude to Georgia will not change, and their support and aid will continue.
Representatives of Tbilisi officialdom were given grounds for this conviction by the fact that the decision to give solid financial aid to Georgia in excess of 1 billion dollars, aimed at overcoming "the consequences of Russian aggression", was actually taken on the initiative of Joe Biden, the Democrats' vice-presidential candidate.
Members of the opposition take a different view and believe that, if on the whole American policy towards Georgia will not change, its attitude towards the Georgian government will become tougher and more realistic. In particular, the new administration will demand that the Georgian authorities must carry out real reforms to democratize the country.
Many Georgian political analysts suppose that with the coming to power of Barack Obama interrelations between the USA and Georgia, or rather the USA's attitude to Georgia, will not change substantially.
The political analyst Gia Khukhashvili also thinks that after Barack Obama's victory the USA's policy towards Georgia will not change radically, but according to him, the political risks for Georgia will be reduced.
"I think that the policy of the new American leadership will be more moderate, and the political risks, which arose in a great number under the previous administration, will decrease. The approach to US-Georgian relations will change. And I also hope that America will became a true friend of Georgia, and not a friend of the Georgian government as it has been until now," remarked Khukhashvili in an interview with a Georgia Times correspondent.
According to him, the coming to power of the new American president will not have any direct significance either for the government or for Georgia's opposition. Therefore he is not taking it upon himself to forecast how Georgia's opposition will expand its activities following the victory of Obama, whom they had been supporting.