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Saakashvili - Medvedev: Just populism

2012-04-28 14:26

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili stated he was ready to resign if Russia withdraws its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He calls it "de-occupation"; and of course his statement is pure populism.

Georgian leader made this statement in response to the statement by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who said that the only problem in the relations between the two countries - this is the Mikheil Saakashvili. Accordingly, as soon as he leaves, Moscow is ready to go in relations with Tbilisi "as far as possible".


The leaving Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is likely to be sincere in his desire to go extremely far in relations with Georgia. But Moscow, as a rule, is not very well aware of all the dimensions of the gap that has arisen between the two countries. And this gap has two names: Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In this sense, the Georgian president Saakashvili is sincere too - he directly points the main, and perhaps the only serious issue that divides the two countries. And now it's not so much a political as an ideological problem. A whole generation was brought up on the image of the enemy in the face of Russia, which has "occupied" Georgian land; and for the Georgian identity conflict with Russia is the starting point of modern times. It would be hard to

turn it back.

Now about the very statement by Mikheil Saakashvili. It's amazing, but if we look at everything he did in foreign policy throughout his presidency for quite a long time, it is easy to find at least lack of understanding of the realities of the current situation in certain matters, and often even complete incompetence. Either he has no quite adequate analysts, or he thinks that he does not need such services. So, perhaps making a statement about the need for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia in order to re-establish Russian-Georgian relations, he was not cunning. He sincerely believes that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are occupied, and only withdrawal of Russian troops from there would lead to "de-occupation," which in his mind means an immediate return of these territories under the jurisdiction of Georgia.

But all his ideas say that the president of Georgia misunderstands the subject, or just does not want to pay attention to all sorts of different "stuff". And yet they are essential. Let's start with the fact that Russian troops appeared in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, after the August war. During fifteen years, from 2008 to 1993, when the Georgian-Abkhaz war finished, there were peacekeepers, but there were no Russian troops. And there was no term "occupation".

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