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Tbilisi sets Armenians up before Baku2011-06-03 20:42
The Georgian ministry of foreign affairs has to apologize for its diplomat. As the press claims, Tengiz Sharmanashvili, Georgian ambassador to Yerevan, stated that Armenia and Georgia had been friends and partners since ancient times when "these third countries did not exist as subjects", hinting at Azerbaijan, as it seems. Now official Tbilisi has to explain that Sharmanashvili had not implied Baku and that Armenian journalists simply mispresented his speech. How will this story affect Mishiko?
It is likely the scandal over ambiguous statements of Georgian ambassador to Armenia Tengz Sharmanashvili will linger.
The point is that the diplomat held a press conference on bilateral relations between Tbilisi and Yerevan. One of the statements that some media refer to sounds really curious. "If you take a keen look on Georgia's policies you will notice that we never let our friends or enemies dictate what to do, - Sharmanashvili is quoted on 1news.az. - We openly stated that we and Armenia are friends, and no other third country would ever influence our relations. Armenia's isolation is completely out of question".
It is clear that the diplomat was vague here. But then he switched over to discussing Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project for oil delivery to Europe via Turkey. According to Sharmanashvili, the project is economically promising, though the Georgian side "does not want to challenge relationships with Yerevan because of these economic prospects. Georgia has always rejected the blockade of Armenia".
Finally, answering the question if Armenia would be able to use this railway communication channel for cargo transportation and passenger traffic to Europe, Sharmanashvili highlighted that no one can lay terms with regard to a railway in the territory of the republic. "This will be an economically open route accessible to all economic subjects that make up related contracts", - he said. - Once you let somebody influence your policies this way, other countries will want that too, so we won't tolerate that".