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Saakashvili’s burr-like policy2010-07-21 12:13
Since recently, Mikhail Saakashvili has been acting like a burr: he is ready to stick to any Russian CIS partner despite his scornful invectives against the Commonwealth, which, by the way, Georgia has moved out of. Yesterday he was flattering President Ilham Aliyev dreaming about a confederacy with Azerbaijan, while today he firmly presses the hand of Ukrainian Prime Minister Sergey Tigipko claiming the formation of a single economic zone.
Georgian president's zeal does not surprise anyone any longer, while Sergey Tigipko's allegedly liberal views, which turned out to be invalid, cause nothing but real sorrow. "Ukraine is interested in further development of bilateral relations with Georgia, which is our important partner in the Black Sea region", - Tigipko stated before his visit to Georgia.
What kind of interests are these, let me ask? On whose territory will the free economic zone be established? What additional aspects will be included into the economic cooperation development? Georgia and Ukraine have got no common frontier, and the statement that Greece has neither got a common border with the European Union countries and is nevertheless a EU member and participant of the free economic zone is beneath criticism. The price paid by European Union for letting the Greek state under its shelter is widely known.
- Time will show whether Georgia and Ukraine's cooperation will turn into partnership or coordination. Generally speaking, it is better to act as tandem than make efforts as separate countries. Still, we are to wait and see whether there is any concurrence of economic interests and whether this concurrence is stable and may serve as a basis for a joined application to European Union, - political analyst, member of Georgian Strategic and International Research Foundation Archil Gegeshidze believes.
Of course, the economic interests coincide; the question is in which field. The author has thoroughly studied the statistics on trade and economic relationship between the countries showing that at the end of 2009, goods turnover exceeded the volume by half a billion dollars, while at the very beginning of 2010, goods turnover between the two countries was 127 million dollars. The conclusion is that Georgia and Ukraine have got no problems in economic cooperation that would require the creation of a common zone, at least, in the field of agriculture and freight handling in the Black Sea water area.