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Different voices of Vashadze, a politician and an actor2011-03-10 20:45
Georgian FM Grigol Vashadze indulges in a sentimental sob over Russia that is part of his life. The former Russian citizen dreams of returning to Moscow one day, with the Georgian passport this time. But his official rank imposes obligations farcing him to name the neighboring country an "occupant", his logic replaced by instincts. Russia is used to this ingratitude: a lot of traitors have been raised to its own cost, also of Georgian origin.
"I love Moscow but I act as a politician", - is the credo of Georgia's current FM Grigol Vashadze. In a recent interview with Freedom Radio he frankly admitted he was missing Russia. "Russian citizenship and Russia on the whole are part of my life, and it does not matter whether I have a Russian passport in my pocket or not. I am sure that one day I will come to Moscow as a Georgian citizen", - the minister promised.
The head of the foreign office explained that he would not have rejected Russian citizenship if not for the scandal initiated by Semen Bagdasarov, a Russian deputy: "I abandoned the passport because I wouldn't stand Duma's speaking heads demanding my passport. Yes, if this issue had not been considered in Duma, I would have secured the passport. And honestly speaking, I didn't care for anyone's opinion on the matter. I'm not interested in other people's opinion on my private life". Grigol Nodarovich modestly omitted the criminal persecution launched by Eurasian Youth Union that basically accused the minister of high treason.
Vashadze, former manager of his wife - a ballet dancer, and a businessman, climbed into the ministerial seat after the war in South Ossetia and, as president Mikheil Saakashvili emphasized, was supposed to turn Russian-Georgian relations in the right direction: he was not simply a Russian citizen or just the husband of Nino Ananiashvili, the pride of Bolshoy Theater. Most importantly, he graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations and worked in the USSR's ministry of foreign affairs for seven years - in international organizations department and then in space and nuclear weapons department.
Nonetheless, the valuable statesman with personal connections in the Russian ministry of foreign affairs has failed to make any progress in Russian-Georgian reconciliation. Mainly because in the authoritarian structure of Saakashvili's government he was given the role of a boring dummy forced to repeat ceaseless claims to Moscow and apple-polish the West.