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EU recommends to make it up with Russia

2010-05-14 23:58

6008.jpegPeter Semneby, EU Representative to Georgia urges official Tbilisi to set up normal relations with Moscow - at least in economy. By the way this is what part of Georgian opposition has been busy with (and not without success). Now the dialogue is a recommendation to the government. But EU's change over Russia's role with Georgia does not mean Brussels' refusal to get closer to this country.


The Russian-Georgian conflict is no more solely Russia's fault as the West realized after last autumn's presentation of the report by Heidi Tagliavini's as the turning point. For quite a long time Europe and the USA was reluctant to give it a thorough look. Only at the time of PACE spring session it became evident that arguments against actions of the Georgian government have eventually reached Europeans: they stopped adopting a priori unfeasible resolutions for Russia to comply with.

Europeans (at least those familiar with the report by David Wilshire, a EU parliamentarian) is now clear there will be no rewinding the events. That is why the best way out is to search for the light in a tunnel ahead not behind. Peter Semneby, EU Special Representative to South Caucasus paid a visit to pre-election Georgia and stated at the meeting with chairman of parliament David Bakradze that Georgian-Russian relations should be gradually settled down.

"We are talking about a way to face various issues including trade and other relations more or less pragmatically despite a vast number of insuperable obstacles", - he stated.

Building economic ties with Russia is exactly what Zurab Nogaideli, a leader of National Council bloc and head of Movement for Fair Georgia is doing. He already managed to agree on resumption of direct air communication from Moscow to Tbilisi and back on the New Year's Eve and on Easter with Russian politicians and bargained early release of Georgian teenagers detained in Tskhinval. Now return of Georgian produce and continuous transport communication are being discussed.

All that however looks like "amateur performances" since the oppositionist is not empowered to take state-level decisions. Besides, his trips irritate official authorities of Georgia. Nogaideli is accused of collaborating with "the occupants".

In the meantime Georgian authorities are quite ready to bargain over some issues with Russia. Talks on Inguri hydroelectric station to be operated by a Russian company or the opening of a checkpoint on Russian-Georgian border in favor of Armenia are kept secret. People are not informed on secret addenda to these contracts.

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