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Tarasov: Saakashvili is bad actor2012-09-05 17:33
Russian political scientist-orientalist Stanislav Tarasov says: recent special operation in Kakheti was a guarantee of Saakashvili's international safety and prologue to serious geopolitical changes in the Caucasus and the Middle East. Tarasov told GTimes about this.
- What do you think about the recent Georgian special operation in the Kakheti region? What will be its implications?
- The script of this operation was well considered. On the eve of parliamentary election Georgian regime needed an initiative or action. Tbilisi is in need of attention of the world community and influence on the opposition forces. Best option for this - another broadcasting of a banal story about Russia dreaming of how to destroy Georgia. It seems that to confirm this hackneyed legend Saakashvili arranged a provocation at the border in order to disguise it under a special operation to eliminate Dagestani militants.
Some Russian media are spreading information on the establishment of some "Kutaisi republic" in Georgia. It is assumed that the Georgian opposition, in the event of defeat in the election, would choose the way of further fragmentation of the political space of Georgia. The processes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia may touch Samegrelo and Adjara in the near future ... Georgian government, foreseeing this, has once again tried to enlist the support of the U.S. and EU, and committed provocation in Kakheti.
- So you believe the special operation was Saakashvili's provocation?
- Georgian president is confused by the external political signals. As for Moscow, he cannot catch any signal, since he lost all contact with the Russian Federation in 2008. In contrast to 2008, Saakashvili currently receives very mixed signals from the West. I think he has arranged the provocation in Kakheti to clearly sort out the signals from his western patrons. All these kidnappings and shootings of hostages - for him this is just a litmus test, an indicator for future political actions. These complex moments just fit into the context of the drama that Saakashvili now is performing in the Caucasus. He is bad actor.
- Saakashvili's regime is strongly focused on Turkey. Is there a Turkish track in the events in Kakheti?