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Armenians striving for peace between Russia and Georgia2011-01-31 20:26
Saakashvili has repeatedly stated his readiness to hold negotiations with Moscow at any time and place. However, he is not embarrassed to call Russia a "crocodile". No wonder such "diplomacy" yields no result. Meanwhile, Russian-Georgian confrontation goes far beyond the limits of a bilateral one, affecting the interests of all states in the Caucasian region. President of Armenia Serge Sargsyan in his interview to Echo of Moscow expressed hope for the soonest normalization of relationship between Moscow and Tbilisi.
Moscow and Tbilisi.
Armenian leader's hopes are clear, for his country has practically found itself between the devil and the deep sea. On one hand, Yerevan's policy is seriously affected by the ancient connections with the nearest neighbour, Georgia; on the other hand, the interests of its major partner, Russia, require clear statement of the local politicians' attitude towards the most delicate issues in the Russian-Georgian relationship.
"It is no secret that Russia is our strategic and very valuable partner. On the other hand, we've been living next to Georgians for several thousands of years and we've got normal, good relationship. I believe I wish the relationship between Georgians and Russians got better even more that they do themselves. I desperately want them to be mended. There have always been problems and there are problems still but this relationship will be settled, I'm sure", - Serge Sargsyan has stated.
Yerevan has to tack desperately; any wrong step may become fatal for the local regime. On one hand, money transfers from the Armenians working in Russia account for one third of the ingoing currency. Last year, they amounted to about one billion dollars. Besides, Yerevan badly needs Moscow's political support in its cold war with Baku because of Nagorny Karabakh.
"Russia is able to check both the arms race and the resumption of military actions in our region. Perhaps, I sound rather categorical and you may criticize me for exaggerating Russia's capabilities. But that's what I am convinced of. It is notable that Russia has been involved in the negotiating process from the very beginning and the first cease-fire agreement was signed through Russia's intermediary and in a year, another agreement was signed on trust measures enhancement, also with Russia's active participation. We expect much of Russia because it has got much heft in our region and strong capabilities", - the president of Armenia stated.