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Georgia abolished Caucasian hospitality

17.09.2010  |  20:31

7712.jpegTbilisi's initiative to revive direct negotiations with Russia voiced some time ago by Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze turned out to be a deceitful chimera as was expected. The regime set up after the Rose Revolution, which, according to its initiators, is the most open, tolerant and democratic in the solar system, again proved to be sluggish. An incident that happened to RF State Duma deputy Sergey Markov has proved the Georgian authorities' unwillingness to speak the truth and listen to the truth.


Sergey Markov was going to take part in the meeting of PACE Commission for Legal Matters and Human Rights as member of the Russian delegation. Still, despite PACE leaders' promises that the visas for Russian parliamentarians would be issued practically at the airport of Tbilisi, the notorious Georgian hospitality remained a beautiful tale for them. Sergey Markov was denied the right of entrance in the Georgian territory for the reason that has bored diplomats to Sakartvelo to death: the RF State Duma deputy was reminded of his "illegal visit to the occupied territories", that is, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In this connection, members of the Russian delegation, having displayed praiseworthy solidarity, decided to ignore the PACE Commission meeting, and the day before, there appeared

information that Georgian authorities had detained and deported another representative of Russian political elite, Vice President of Russian Center of Strategic Development Grigory Trophimchuk who came to Tbilisi to take part in the conference called "Uniqueness and globalization: challenges and prospects".

It would be ridiculous to assert that the statements about negotiations with Moscow and the actions aimed at prejudicing the rights of the Russian politicians are made and held simultaneously because of the abundant pluralism in the top echelons of Georgian power. Any independent observer can see that the representatives of Saakashvili's regime are cast together better than any cannonball and have long since forgotten about their own opinion. The latest events confirmed once again that the policy of Saakashvili's regime is still resting upon three pillars: lie, treachery and double game. These are not even pillars; just small sticks that are very difficult to get rid of.

Today, Mishiko and company behave like boys throwing stones at the people nearby and then whimpering to the whole world that these bad people would not play with them. Though, in fact, the denial of visa to Sergey Markov can be somehow explained, not by his visits to Tskhinval and Sukhum. His bright rhetoric against Saakashvili's regime must have many times stirred Georgian president's impotent rage. As for the deportation of Grigory Trophimchuk, it is absolutely unclear. He many times criticized Russia's position in the Caucasus and suggested that the government should agree to open negotiations even with the current Georgian authorities, which inadmissibility was repeatedly stated by RF President Dmitry Medvedev. It looks like Sakartvelo's anti-Russian reflexes are deeply under its skin and can be cured only by way of flaying.

As for Sergey Markov himself, he believes the basic reason of the visa denial is Tbilisi's dissatisfaction with his consistent support of the peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. "For instance, at the anniversary of Saakashvili's aggression upon South Ossetia I took part in Tskhinval-Brussels-Moscow TV-bridge. I also took part in other round table talks in Sukhum, where we held forums for we need to discuss the situation in the Caucasus", - he explained.

According to the Russian parliamentarian, Russia never refused to help the people of Abkhazia and South Ossetia "in order to let them define their future on their own" and will never do it. "If they choose to make friends with Georgia willfully, they will, and if they don't they will not. We support the people of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in expressing their will", - Markov underlined.

RF State Duma deputy also fiercely criticized the law on "occupied territories" adopted by Georgian authorities, having characterized it as "senseless". "According to this law, they are going to hold reprisals in respect of the people who come to the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia not via Georgia. Thus, they threaten millions of Russian and other tourists by not letting them visit the Abkhaz seaside. I think it's total nonsense. I told my Georgian colleagues many times: don't try to affiliate with Abkhazia and South Ossetia by doing harm to them. Better think of how to do them good, and maybe they will want to make friends again", - he underlined.

Touching upon the incident with the Georgian visa denial, Sergey Markov remarked that his colleagues from the Legal Commission will consider this egregious example. Besides, he stated that the commission meeting without the Russian delegation is illegal and unauthorized. "It also creates a dangerous precedent, for instance, if Switzerland expresses unwillingness to welcome French representatives so long as Frenchmen make harm to gypsies. That is, naturally, a dead-end, an anti-European way, which again proves the fact that despite the words about Europeanization, Georgian government pursues a strongly anti-European policy", - Sergey Markov added.

Artem Martynuk

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