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The door for Georgia closed a year ago2010-08-19 18:24
A year ago, on 18 August 2009, Georgia officially withdrew from CIS. Mikheil Saakashvili ventured this step to enhance his anti-Russian image; however, it brought dividends neither to him, nor to Georgian citizens. Saakashvili made this move to increase the gap between Georgia and Russia.
It is quite obvious that Saakashvili's move was purely demonstrative. Georgia and the rest of the CIS countries actually never realized any large-scale economical, political or humanitarian projects in the context of this organization, and there is no need to remind once again of the strained relationship between Tbilisi and the regional hegemon, Russia. The very fact of Georgia's official withdrawal from CIS was not even connected with the rather nominal status of the organization: ultimately, Tbilisi is proud of its membership in the absolutely nonviable GUAM and is even trying to revive its activity.
Georgia entered into CIS with a delay and "ran out" of it as soon as it got the chance. By the way, this chance had been encouraged by Georgia with much enthusiasm and not without pleasure. For some reason, Tbilisi thinks that the maximum remoteness from the Kremlin automatically means getting closer to the West, or, rather, the USA. However, in the times of the previous administration in Washington, this principle seemed to work, while now the situation has changed drastically. Even the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's arrival to the Georgian capital and her statement about the Russian "occupation" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia should be estimated purely in the context of America-Georgia relationship. After Clinton's visit, Americans had to swallow the "bitter pill" of the statements made by Russian top military authorities about the location of C-300 air defense system in Abkhazia. Relationship with Moscow is far more important to Washington at the moment, for instance, Russian-American cooperation on Afghanistan, than playing footsie with Saakashvili's "rosy democracy".