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Parisian holidays of the Georgian president2010-06-10 09:28
Today, the Russian and western media are discussing the visit of the Georgian president to France. It has been stated that the odious president of the Caucasian republic managed to break through the isolation, in which Georgia found itself, willingly or not, after the August 2008 events and the unflattering conclusions made by the European experts as to the reasons of one of the shortest and most absurd wars of XXI century. It has been often mentioned lately that the leaders of the European countries have turned away from Saakashvili. However, Mikhail Nikolaevitch made and effort and attained a meeting with President of France Nicolas Sarkozy who played an important role in stopping the
conflict. Will Saakashvili manage to regain Europe's favorable attitude?
Within a year, Georgian opposition has been saying that Georgia has lost Europe's and West's support because of Saakashvili, whose actions cannot always be logically explained. Indeed, the former favorite of the foreign democracies has seldom visited Europe of late, so the recent meeting with Sarkozy was estimated by the official Tbilisi as a historical one. Today's Commersant has published an article entitled: "Mikhail Saakashvili has broken through isolation". Mikhail Nikolaevitch has also given his commentary on the matter. In his interview to 20 Minutes French periodical he stated the following: "My visit eliminates Russia's attempts to isolate our country". However, he did not fail to remind France once again of the inadmissibility of selling Mistral to Russia. To some extent, the coolness in the Georgian-French relationship is explained by the continuing criticism of Paris on the part of Georgia for having made an agreement with Russia on the matter.
The Georgian media continued reporting that the European democracy is caving in to Russia because of the power dependence. Paris made it clear that they have the right to conclude any transactions without Georgia's interference. However, the Georgian authorities made another attempt to hinder the Russian-French contract. "The Russians who refuse to respect the terms of the peaceful agreement have never concealed their purpose; they say that if they had had Mistral during the war in 2008 they would have completed their intrusion in Georgia in 40 minutes instead of 48 hours. We have no means to protect ourselves from Mistral", - Saakashvili was saying yesterday. - "However, France continues pressing upon Russia so that the latter would adhere to the peaceful agreements, so I feel optimistic. France has never abandoned Georgia. The fact that my official visit has been organized two days before Putin's visit is a clear sign which eliminates Russia's attempts to isolate our country".