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Saakashvili – Gimpu: publicity of no use to pug-dogs2010-08-17 13:20
Interim president of Moldavia Mihai Gimpu, now on a visit to Georgia, has already called his Georgian counterpart "a friend who helped me in a difficult moment". However, Gimpu and Saakashvili are both going through difficult times. That makes one suspect that their friendship is not the result of brotherly love but a way to spite Russia. They look like brothers in misfortune.
"I'm thanking President of Georgia and the Georgian delegation for the help provided to our country in a time of distress", - Mihai Gimpu expatiated in compliments. - We have a proverb that says "a friend indeed is a friend in need". Our government and our people now can tell friends from those who are not".
The hint is obvious, I guess. Now Georgia and Moldavia are facing similar problems. For the former it's Abkhazia and South Ossetia, for the latter it's Transdniestria. Both post-Soviet republics are in a pitiful economic condition with Saakashvili having lost an enormous market by seceding from the CIS, exactly what looms before Gimpu: Moscow is no more satisfied with the quality of Moldavian wine.
"My enemy's enemy is my friend" is the principle that unites Saakashvili and Gimpu, apparently. Though what else can be expected from the Moldavian politician who welcomed creation of a committee of historians to evaluate the "damage" the "Soviet occupation" did to Moldavia and charging Russia USD 27 billion? This is not all. Gimpu believes that "his country" Romania (a big question mark should be placed here) lost the Great Patriotic War. The first thing that comes back into memory is the War Heroes' Glory Memorial demolished in Kutaisi, doesn't it?
Well, that makes the alliance of the two leaders, their speeches and actions still more curious to follow. For the time being Saakashvili and Gimpu have agreed to cooperate in international organizations, carry out joint economic projects and solve "regional security" issues. How feasible will the above be to the Georgian and Transdniestrian leaders? This is what GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed with Valery Khomyakov, National Security Council director general.
According to the expert, the alliance will hardly be of any effect. Even if it takes shape it will have no serious political strength throughout the post-Soviet space. "Quasi-president" Gimpu in Moldavia with quite dubious legitimacy and Saakashvili in Georgia look simply ridiculous, - Khomyakov notes. - It's no use mentioning the economic strength of these small countries. Mr.