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Georgian government listening to reason2010-07-22 18:21
Georgian National Security Council represented by Eka Tkeshelashvili has stated that the U.S. are no longer opposed to selling the Georgian cross-country pipeline connecting Russia and Armenia to Gazprom Russian group company. The statement made by Georgian governmental body that has been keeping silent for a long time resembles a touchstone thrown towards the Kremlin to improve the dialogue between Moscow and Tbilisi.
The question is, with whose support does Madam Tkeshelashvili make such statements? Did the Georgian president, who seems to get into a fearful state of heat after the meeting with some of the CIS countries' leaders, decide to show his cards and admit indirectly via the state body that it is the West that defines Georgia's policy? Still, there is one problem: two years ago, the USA Vice President Joseph Biden underlined that America would take various measures so as not to allow Russia negatively affect the situation. As to Saakashvili, he stubbornly denied any connections with Moscow.
And now the opposition is reporting that Georgian president is conducting negotiations with Russian authorities in private in order to settle the conflict situation, including the one with the republics unrecognized by Georgia.
Our interlocutor, expert on Caucasian affairs and head of Caucasian Strategic Research Center NGO Mamuka Areshidze supposes that the moment has come when Georgian government should listen to the voice of reason heard not only from the Russian side but from the Georgian allies, Washington and Brussels.
- What is there to admit indirectly? It is a fact that Tbilisi is listening to western politicians. The point is that Saakashvili does not always do what he is advised. If he had listened to them carefully there would have never been August 2008 and other mistakes and, perhaps, our country would have been going a different way now. For instance, Kouchener says that France recognizes Georgia's territorial integrity and will do everything possible to make Russia comply with the agreements as of August 12 but he also underlines that Tbilisi should set up a direct dialogue with Moscow. Still, there have been no steps in this direction so far.