Saakashvili the Peacekeeper’s Munich tour08.02.2011 | 20:27
Mikheil Saakashvili continues wasting his breath on empty promises. Having stated his model of a "peaceful and united Caucasus" almost half a year ago, Georgian leader rebukes Moscow for its unwillingness to cooperate with Tbilisi and creating a tense situation in the region. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed with Deputy General Director of Political Technologies Center Foundation Sergey Mikheev and expert of Efficient Policy Foundation Pavel Danilin whether one should expect any proposals for the Russian party from the Georgian president.
Georgian president's PR action where he tries to position himself as the principle Caucasian peacemaker in the eyes of the West goes on. When speaking at an international conference in Munich, Mikheil Saakashvili again complained about Russian government that allegedly refused to conduct a dialogue and keeps locating the "tactical weapon and artillery in Abkhazia and South Ossetia". In Mikheil Nikolayevitch's opinion, it goes against the earlier signed agreements and constitutes a threat to the South Caucasus. At the same time, leader of Sakartvelo again promised that Georgia will never apply force to resume its "territorial integrity" and called on Europe and the USA to act as mediators in negotiations with Moscow.
Official Tbilisi's paranoia about locating C-300 and Smerch complexes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia does not seem to be surprising any more. Having lost the trust of two Caucasian republics, the Georgian regime is trying hard to turn everything upside down: the occupant with its missiles is getting closer to Georgia's heart, even despite the fact that C-300 is a purely defensive weapon and a missile discharged from a Smerch will never reach the Georgian capital because of its characteristics. Of course, it is more important for Mishiko to complain to the West about the aggressive northern neighbour than try to talk to the Abkhaz and Ossetians.
The purpose stated last September - the realization of a peaceful Caucasus strategy - gave Saakashvili more reasons to accuse Russia. "Help us establish peace in Georgia and in our region, - he pleaded from the UN rostrum. - We, the Georgians, understand perfectly how frozen conflicts may grow into hot confrontation. If the international community supports us overtly, I am sure that long-lasting peace will come to the Caucasus".
The story repeated two months later in European parliament where Mishiko again assumed an image of a lamb. He swore that he would never attack Abkhazia and South Ossetia and was ready to discuss regional problems with Russia. "We will continue taking part in Geneva discussions hoping that our today's promise will persuade Russian Federation to stop blocking these negotiations", - Saakashvili stated.
Despite the external support of the Georgian leader's "peaceful" initiatives, both Europe and the United States are well acquainted with Heidi Tagliavini's report where Mikheil Nikolayevitch was proclaimed to be the initiator of the five-day war in August 2008. Today, the Georgian leader could stress the serious meaning of his words by deeds and pass from declaring his intentions to executing a legally binding document on the non-use of force. However, Saakashvili never made any valuable proposal within half a year. There is only one question left: should one expect any steps towards Moscow in future?
Sergey Mikheev: Saakashvili is really implementing his PR program. Many leaders of the post-Soviet countries have already understood the way public opinion is formed in the West. Alternative opinion practically never reaches the audience so if one keeps repeating the same thing there will be more chances to knock a definite picture into the minds of western inhabitants and even of some experts. Saakashvili is trying to convince Europe and the USA that Tbilisi is ready for negotiations with Moscow and if anything goes wrong, it is the fault of the Russian party that does not respond to the proposals. The fact that these proposals have got nothing behind them and that facts are against Saakashvili seems to be of no importance. It does not fall within his propagandistic scheme. He is supposed to take goodwill steps but these statements are empty.
Pavel Danilin: Saakashvili has repeatedly stated his readiness for negotiations but Russia won't speak to him. He has got peacemakers and Russians' blood on his hands; that's a thing that will never be forgotten or forgiven. The only thing Saakashvili can do to normalize relationship with Russia is to resign and arrive in RF for a fair trial. There can be no other scenarios for the current Georgian president.