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Georgia waits for the USA and Russia to take decision2009-02-09 17:10
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised the Georgian authorities to establish constructive cooperation with the Russian Federation saying it would help to solve current problems. The advice from the favorite ally was taken ambiguously in Tbilisi.
On February 4 Hillary Clinton had a meeting with her German colleague Frank-Walter Steinmeier talking about issues concerning the world community including the crisis in Afghanistan, Iran's nuclear policy and the situation in Georgia (all this to be the subject of dialogue between the Russian and US leaders in the near future). At that meeting Clinton said things now widely quoted by all Georgian media: "To solve the problem Georgia needs constructive partnership with the Russian Federation".
As usual the phrase had different meanings for the opposition and the authorities.
For instance David Bakradze, Speaker of Parliament, made the following statement to the journalists: "The fact that the new Secretary of State mentions Georgia alongside with such priorities means continuation of policy of support on the part of the USA. And we rely on results-oriented assistance".
Here the Speaker as well as other high-ranking officials omitted an important part of the Secretary of State's words - on the necessity of dialogue with Russia. For now instead of readiness to it only ultimatums are heard: first withdraw recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and then we'll talk.
Meanwhile the main presidential candidate, Georgia's ex Ambassador to the UN Irakli Alasania called on the authorities to strengthen dialogue with Russia. "It is very important for our country to get in touch with the Russian Federation, to search for areas of common interest. A diplomatic line is needed, probably non-public at first stage", - Vzglyad internet newspaper is quoting Alasania. He also backed promotion of "people's diplomacy".
It is appropriate to recall Georgia's president's recent statement while commenting on the congress of Georgians in Russia that the Russian leaders choose wrong partners for the dialogue: "I would like to say to Russia's government and the president that if they want to dialogue with Georgia they must deal with the elected authorities. The dialogue can be on various subjects but only following Russia's deoccupation of the Georgian territory".
At the same time as Radio Svoboda reports, today Hillary Clinton got back again to "more constructive" relations between the USA and Russia speaking before the Congress.