PACE having a fit of Georgian political paranoia28.01.2011 | 21:38
Georgia's political elite is guided by the principle "He who is not with us is against us", so all the objectors are surely Moscow's agents. This is, perhaps, the most popular accusation brought by Saakashvili's henchmen. The virus of the anti-Russian paranoia cultivated inside the country by the current regime is disseminated across the world by Mishiko's accomplices. Neither did PACE avoid this fate. This time, a Russian spy was revealed in a Swiss delegate. Another fit of Georgian spy-mania was commented to GeorgiaTimes correspondent by head of the Caucasian Department of CIS Countries Institute Felix Stanevsky.
Institute Felix Stanevsky.
Member of the Georgian delegation at the current session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Chiora Taktakishvili is dissatisfied with the report of PACE's spokesperson on Russia Andreas Gross. She believes that for some unclear personal reasons, the native of the Alpine confederacy prepared no individual report on Russia's non-fulfillment of its obligations undertaken when entering the organization.
"Unfortunately, there are deputies who on personal grounds are trying to turn a blind eye on the principal values of the Council of Europe and give their preference to some political benefits", - that was the way Ms. Taktakishvili commented upon the non-fulfillment of obligations by the Swiss reporter.
Her words are substantiated by the fact that it was Andreas Gross who spoke out in Moscow's favour last year when Tbilisi called to dispossess it from voting rights in the Council of Europe. Could the Kremlin's "bird arm" really get to the Alpine heights?
However, even in the revelatory heat, Ms. Taktakishvili omits some important nuances of both the last-year's affront of the Council of Europe and the current situation with the Russian report.
In summer, when PACE rejected an impudent ultimatum of the Georgian delegation, European parliamentarians were actually driven into a corner by the revelations of the head of independent commission of the European Union on investigating the circumstances of the conflict in South Ossetia Heidi Tagliavini. During the spring session, she declared that Tbilisi's accusations addressed at the Kremlin were a lie and stated that the war in South Ossetia was launched by Saakashvili. Before that, PACE delegations were hard to suspect of any sympathy for the Kremlin: the Assembly adopted three pro-Georgian resolutions on the situation in the Caucasus.
As for Andreas Gross, he can hardly be suspected of bias. In his preparation of another report on Russia's obligations, the Swiss deputy actively communicated with both the official Russian authorities and the leaders of the opposition. He shared the details of his activity with the journalists of the Independent Newspaper.
"On January 18, we held a very nice meeting with the chairman of Supreme Court and another one in the State Duma. We've been discussing the "roadmap" with the Russian delegation in the Council of Europe, which we would like to draw up for Russia so that it would fulfill its obligations and meet the standards of the country - a member of the Council of Europe. In the evening, we had a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister supervising this sphere and then had a wonderful talk with the admired writer Victor Yerofeev, Moscow Helsinki Group and Boris Nemtsov, - Andreas Gross told Moscow journalists. - Afterwards, I talked to a friend of mine, a responsible journalist, almost until midnight. On January 19, we held a conference with the officials responsible for Russian prisons in the Ministry of Justice and we visited the prison where Mikhail Khodorkovsky is kept and managed to talk to him. This meeting made a very deep impression on me; I will never forget it".
As for the report itself, he says it will be published but a thorough preparation of a document about such country as Russia requires much more time than was given to him or his colleagues. The Swiss hopes to publish it "this October, or, which is more probable, in the first half of 2012".
GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked Head of the Caucasian Department of the CIS Countries Institute, former Russia's Ambassador to Georgia Felix Stanevsky to comment on the current episode with the participation of the Georgian delegation in PACE.
"That's a normal thing for Georgia when they declare anything they don't like to be the Kremlin's intrigues. If something in Europe goes against Tbilisi's official position it is immediately attributed to Moscow's account. Each time anyone has the desire to express an objective viewpoint, this person immediately hears barking on Tbilisi's part. The same thing happens now, - Stanevsky underlined. - Tbilisi has taken an overtly hostile position towards Russia and the Georgian president makes no secret of it, by the way. He directly refers to Russia as to an "enemy", so there is no doubt that this is a hostile policy; that's their own characteristic".