Tbilisi skidding on spy curve20.12.2010 | 13:24
Georgia keeps working on the spy show of the fake "disclosure" of Russian spies allegedly in charge of bombings in Tbilisi. In contradiction to common sense, the republic's ministry of foreign affairs turns to Moscow not with reproaches (as usual) but with a request to help investigate the case. GeorgiaTimes correspondent has discussed strange metamorphoses of the Georgian ministry with Russian politologist Sergey Markov.
"Considering interests involved and the importance of the case we ask Russia to provide assistance, - Georgian deputy FM Nino Kalandadze stated. - In particular, we call on Russia to help detain two Georgian citizens and mayor Borisov for interrogation in presence of representatives of the Georgian law-enforcement authorities".
According to the Georgian diplomat, the republic has passed the official note to the Swiss embassy that has been acting as a link between Georgia and Russia after Georgia's unilateral breakdown of diplomatic relations with Russia. Now Switzerland is tasked to gap bridges between Georgia's Justice Ministry and Russian General Prosecutor's office for further inter-agency cooperation.
"The Georgian government has taken this decision in view of topicality of the issue and its commitment to the investigation. We hope Russia will accept Georgia's call for constructive cooperation with the Georgian side", - Kalandadze said hopefully.
Well, it looks like the comedy Tbilisi has staged continues. Either Tbilisi's reaction to the Russian feedback to Georgia's "fake" was inadequate, or they just believe in this fabrication themselves. The statement made in Smolenskya square last week was clear: it was remarked not without irony that Georgian fairytales about the "external foe" are getting still more primitive. "The world community has grown used to the flow of messages from the Georgian capital on attempts made by Russian occupants to destabilize the situation. These stories are becoming less reliable each time".
The Georgian side has ignored Russian politologists too - unfortunately. As Ruslan Kharabua, expert at Caucasus department of the Institute of CIS Countries stated, Tbilisi is simply dissatisfied with results of the OSCE summit in Astana and Saakashvili & Co want to raise questions of "occupation" and non-recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "Georgian authorities need this as an excuse in front of the country", - Kharabua remarked. - And when bombs blow up in the republic and then GRU men are caught, it looks like some children's antics beyond the limit. All this is not serious".
Even scanty reaction of the EU mission denying availability of any information on Russia's involvement in the terrorist attacks, could not convince Sakartvelo diplomats and make them wind up with the story. Local opposition, Russia, Europe show no appreciation of the performance, but Tbilisi is keeping it up! Besides, Tbilisi asks the "occupant" to help: no reproaches this time.
This week Georgian representatives launched another attack in Geneva, at the time of talks on security and stability in Caucasus. They planned to raise the terrorist attacks issue there too and hand "materials" on GRU mayor Borisov to their Russian colleagues. The documents allegedly prove that he organized a group of 8 terrorists and prepared the explosions in Tbilisi.
But the hopes of the Georgian diplomats were not destined to be realized. As correctly remarked by the participants, discussions over these issues are beyond the scope of negotiations set to establish a dialogue between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. As a result deputy FM of Georgia Sergi Kapanadze called the negotiation round a "failure" on his return home. It's easy to guess why. Another interesting thing is if there will be a sequel of the Georgian series "Enver-2"?
Sergey Markov, a Russian politologist, a State Duma deputy is sure this is not the end. "Mikheil Saakashvili is well aware that as soon as his "Russian-threat" myth is dispelled, the money flows from the West will get thinner and his regime will crash down, - our interlocutor thinks. - He will be immediately accused of the murder of Zurab Zhvania as well as other crimes. Probably, he will lose first freedom, then life. Certainly, he does not want that and he will do his best to keep stirring anti-Russian provocations of this kind. He's an expert here. My personal opinion is that the West won't believe him any more".
Indeed, it is wrong to think that president Mikheil Saakashvili won't ask Russia to hold an investigation and extradite the phantom GRU mayor. After recent "moves" of the republic's ministry of foreign affairs this looks like a logical continuation.