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Mishiko proposes to Batka2011-07-26 21:25
Mikheil Saakashvili has used up all his charms to "tempt" Belarus calling it to join half-dead GUAM bloc and suggesting that Minsk invest its modest money into Sakartvelo's tourism. He even expressed hope for a military and technical cooperation with Lukashenko. Now Mishiko calls on the West to oppose international isolation of Belarus and help it go forward. So, what does the Georgian president want from Batka this time?
Mikheil Nikolayevich keeps losing friends with only some Baltic and Moldavian politicians remaining his best ones. In the past the leader, or now interim leader of Moldova Mikhai Gimpu used to make plans for the future together with Saakashvili. They planned to invite Belarus in GUAM, a dust-covered bloc uniting Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Everybody understands that dubious membership in this organization yields no economic benefit. Besides, after Uzbekistan left, the bloc now embraces countries with territorial issues - except for Ukraine. Probably, this is the reason why official Kiev now getting closer to Moscow under Yanukovich's guidance does not demonstrate political support for this alliance. Lukashenko does not seem to be eager to join it either.
Yet, Saakashvili was insistent. There was a time when mass media under his control started reporting on a possibility that Belarus might become a new market for Georgia's wines, mineral waters and citruses due to the increase in trade turnover. The most curious thing here is that the press was seriously sure: economic ties between Belarus and Georgia will grow into military cooperation and Minsk will supply Tbilisi with anti-missile equipment after "confrontation with Moscow" and Lukashenko's decision to start military an technical partnership. Minsk has not had problems with Russia for a long time as evidenced by last week's information that Russia will lend a state loan to Belarus for construction of a nuclear power station. Batka is not in a hurry to become a "brother in arms" to Mishiko. No wonder: it would be an inexcusable mistake to equip the army of the country whose leader regularly instigates attacks on closest neighbors and may drag Belarus into the conflict indirectly.