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Saakashvili splits up on Russian issue2011-10-05 15:03
Mikheil Saakashvili is all emotions discussing Russian-Georgian relations for Al Jazeera. Like a romantic hero (not a reasonable president) he says love and hate connects two states.
No matter where Saakashvili goes or whatever he talks about he always returns to one topic. Naturally, it's Moscow-Tbilisi relations. However, it should be acknowledged that Mishiko is most often asked about it. After all what is today's Georgia known for? Wine? Hachapuri? Borzhomi? No. Scandals with Russia. Basically, only they keep Georgia alive.
In an interview with Al Jazeera TV channel Saakashvili did not restrain his Caucasian nature and determined relations with the northern neighbor in harsh and bright words. As it turns out, two countries are connected with the strongest feelings in the world - love and hate.
"We have two levels in relations with Russia. On one hand, the Russian government does not acknowledge our borders and democratically elected government of Georgia, neither does Russia comply with the ceasefire agreement. Not long ago there was Nicolas Sakrozy's story in the press how he heard Vladimir Putin yelling he wanted to hang me. Another part of relations with Russia is that 20% of Georgian land is occupied and nearly half million people can't return to their homes because Russian authorities decided that Abkhazia and Tskhinvali district can't be places for their residence", - Saakashvili stated.
Poor man. He can't forget Putin's menacing words. Now that Russian PM is likely to return to presidency, it's time to get nervous: he may recall promises he has not fulfilled since his last time in office. As for poor people that can't return to "their places of residence" there is a saying that is most appropriate here: "the pot calls the kettle black". It's slightly tactless to feel sorry for refugees evicting them from their settlements.
It was a hate report. Yet, Saakashvili has something to tell about love, very lopsided love though.
"Many Russian people come to Georgia. We introduced visa-free regime for Russians living in southern regions. Yet, it's almost impossible for a Georgian to come to Russia", - Saakashvili said surprising the audience. It is particularly funny to hear it knowing that only Moscow has one million Georgian residents and they somehow overcome these difficulties. On the contrary, Mishiko is happy that his compatriots have almost no chance to get to Russia. Otherwise, entire Georgia would emigrate.