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Saakashvili digs a pit for Yanukovich2011-09-16 16:56
Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili gave an extensive interview to Segodnya newspaper (Ukraine) advising on how to deal with Russia and Russian gas and revealing his dream of Georgia and Ukraine promptly acceding NATO. As usual, he expressed his discontent over Moscow and proudly boasted of rapid progress in Georgian economy. On the whole, it was his favorite part of a bloviator.
Drastic cool-down in Georgian-Ukrainian relationships immediately after the advent of pro-Russian president Victor Yanukovich was a serious concern for Mikheil Saakashvili. Victor Yushenko's Ukraine striving for NATO and hating Russia was much closer spiritually.
So it's natural that when Kiev and Moscow set about traditional gas squabbles (solved year after year as if on a schedule) Saakashvili was happy to drive a wedge in relations of two Slavic nations. However (fortunately enough) his words and advice are so far away from reality that Mishiko will hardly do any harm to Russian-Ukrainian friendship.
We have to give him credit - at least he tried to. In an interview with Segodnya newspaper (Ukraine) Mishiko pretended not to see official Kiev's coolness toward him and was happy to recall his "friendship" with Yanukovich.
"I don't see any cool-down. Georgia is a trend in Ukraine now. We have never had such good relationships before. It started as a burst a year and a half ago. We have tourists and businessmen coming to visit our country!", - Mishiko exclaimed.
However, he somehow omitted the fact that a lot of Russian tourists come to Georgia too. But that does not evidence a thaw between Moscow and Tbilisi. It is clear from the psychological point of view that lots of people, particularly of the older generation, love their former Soviet compatriots and sincerely think of them as their friends.
"We are on wonderful terms with Victor Federevoch! Even when he was in opposition, I came to meet him in Kiev. I was a guest in his country house", - Saakashvili said not mentioning that after Yanukovich became president, their meetings were not continued.