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Shevardnadze names a guide for the country2011-11-30 10:25
Appearance of Bidzina Ivanishvili, a businessman and a patron of arts, on Georgia's political arena, has caused a serious commotion in the country's stagnant public life bringing back hope that Sakartvelo will have a new path of development unlike the one imposed by Mikheil Saakashvili.
The ideas that with Mishiko seem unfeasible if not crazy, now become reality of Georgia's politics. The most evident and consequently most unbelievable idea was voiced by Edward Shevardnadze, former president of Georgia, in an interview with Asaval Dasavali newspaper. He is sure that one day Russia and Georgia will be friends and allies again.
The ex leader of the Transcaucasian republic and last minister for foreign affairs of the Soviet Union perfectly realizes that Georgian and Russian nations have much more in common than Georgians and Americans - no matter what the US puppet in Avlabari could think of that - through centuries of common history, Orthodox faith, economic ties that Saakashvili's regime failed to destroy despite all his efforts.
Years of rabid anti-Russian propaganda have made many people in Georgia forget original historical and cultural ties between two countries, so the basis for reconciliation might be a religious dialogue of two Orthodox states. "I have always advocated friendship between nations. If Orthodox countries get united, it will be a serious step forward for the entire world." - Edward Shevardnadze remarks in an interview with Asaval Dasavali newspaper.
The former president is sure that the process of normalization of relationships on the basis of spiritual closeness of two nations is already on as indicated by the visit of Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II to Moscow. Saakashvili that calls Moscow patriarchate a Kremlin subsidiary won't hamper improvement of bilateral relationships at the time of the visit of the head of the Georgian church to Russia. The former president of Sakartvelo considers toothless speculations of his successor as plain stupidity.
However, resurrection of contacts between two nations on the spiritual and moral basis can't replace full-fledged Russian-Georgian inter-state contacts. Yet, there is no hope they will start with the current regime. That is why Edward Shevardnadze assigns a special part in normalization of bilateral relations to billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, a political rookie.