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Lukashenko spoiling Saakashvili’s feast2011-01-20 16:56
Mishiko is enraged. Inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko is to take place on January 21in Minsk after he has been elected president for the fourth time. Georgian leader was not invited to the ceremony. Georgia has almost put up wit the fact that Russia's attention is impossible to attract as long as Saakashvili remains at the helm of the state but such an insult from the Byelorussian counterpart can be estimated only as foreign-policy treachery. However, someone is glad that Mikheil Nikolozovitch will stay home.
Warm relationship between Tbilisi and Moscow developed at the beginning of 2009. After Minsk refused to admit Abkhazia and South Ossetia's sovereignty, Mikheil Saakashvili thanked Byelorussia for the invaluable contribution into the recognition of territorial integrity of the Caucasian republic. He even appeared on Byelorussian television with an extensive interview where he heaped praises on the "brotherly" nations, sometimes switching to openly cheap flattery.
"Belarus is Europe. One just has to get integrated. There are many obstacles on this way and much misunderstanding; a lot of things require reconsideration", - he told the viewers.
Byelorussian leader must be one of these obstacles at the very least. Still, some nuances should better not be voiced now that the rescue of a neighbour from "evil occupants" is at stake. Besides, one of the post-Soviet states has now got more chances to get closer to the "European fire" - after Victor Yanukovitch's victory at the elections Ukraine is no brother or friend any more in this regard.
Russia has naturally scolded Belarus a bit for such tricks but also expressed hope that Mr. Lukashenko's "dementation" was a temporary phenomenon, which turned out to be true. After the settlement of the oil conflict between Minsk and Moscow, the foreign relationship vector reversed: Alexander Grigorievitch came to his senses and realized that his impulsivity and habit of exciting minor political squabbles plays neither into the hands of the Byelorussian people, nor into his own hands.
And that's quite understandable. One can't get anywhere with Georgia. Those few sales markets for Georgian products that Belarus could offer its former Soviet sister have already been developed. Mineral water is available at drugstores and wine may be bought in food stores. Tbilisi simply cannot count upon anything better. However, it needed "friendship against Russia" just to spite Moscow and now that the reason of mutual coolness has been removed, the crazy president of the Caucasian republic is no longer needed.