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Georgia between Russia and NATO2012-10-17 19:00
New Georgia's government intends try to improve relations with Russia not to the detriment of its relations with the West. However, this is unfeasible, experts say.
According to the director of the International Center on Conflict and Negotiation George Khutsishvili, it will be difficult for Georgia to simultaneously maintain good relations with both Russia and the West. "Now Georgia faces a difficult task - to achieve a breakthrough in relations with Russia, and to do it painless to partnerships in the West", he said.
A historian, the head of research bureau Alte Et Certe Andrew Yepifantsev shares same opinion. He believes that it will be difficult for Georgia to build a relationship with the Russian Federation and at the same time move towards NATO.
The head of the Institute of Eurasian Gulbaat Rtskhiladze is also concerned that relations between Russia and Georgia would not pass to the next level. "Georgia needs relationships with the Russian Federation and open border. But there are strong opponents of the Russian-Georgian relations not only in the form of neo-liberal activists and other actors", he said.
Thus, according to him, the U.S. is not interested in improvement of relations between Georgia and Russia. "Bad relations between them (Russia and Georgia) are convenient for the third party - the West", he said.
According to the chief editor of the journal "Problems of national strategy" Ajdar Kurtov, the new Georgian leadership has made statements about the desire to improve relations with Russia. "I wish these words to be converted into a decisions ... If the Georgian government reaffirms its determination, this approach may have good prospects, though we cannot escape from the problems of South Ossetia and Abkhazia", he added.
Speaking of the new government, he said the people were waiting for the "overrated favorable consequences of the actions of the new government which may not come". "The situation is not very favorable for the new Cabinet, there are problems with the U.S. and Russia ... The new government has to make all efforts to meet the expectations of the Georgian society, this would be difficult", he said.
Political analyst Nana Devdariani has the same view. According to her, the new ministers haven't still shown themselves, since previously they were not ministers. She also suggests that Saakashvili expects that the overrated expectations of the voters in regard of the new government won't come true, the RIA Novosti reports.