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West sick of Georgian aggression30.03.2011 | 11:13
Aggressive insults Georgian leaders throw at Russia cause vivid rejection of the population of the republic. Despite Tbilisi's active attempts to present the northern neighbor as an enemy the dominant majority of people see Russia as a brotherly country. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed reasons that make Georgian authorities escalate aggressiveness of their speeches, with Vladimir Khomeriki, president of The Union of Russian and Georgian Nations foundation.
NATO's parliamentary assembly Rose-Roth seminar "Caucasus in Global View: Georgia's Perspectives and International Estimations" that was recently held in Georgia let local
politicians deliver their high-flown speeches on the country's place in the world and inevitable integration into the Euro-Atlantic space. Some representatives of Saakashvili regime failed to keep a civil tongue attacking Russia with various accusations with the zest of a watchdog. Unfortunately, this rhetoric is quite typical of Georgian political figures speaking in front of foreign listeners. They are certain that anti-Russian statements approximate the country of the Rose Revolution to Europe. Neither democratic reforms, nor liquidation of state pressure onto the opposition and media, or struggle against elite corruption - only faultfinding with Russia. Guided by this principle they spare no pains to accuse Moscow without even thinking that the West hears their words with a tired smile - at best.
As Vladimir Khomeriki, a well-known public figure emphasized in an interview with GeorgiaTimes, this aggressive rhetoric does no good to Georgia. "Russia's reputation is sufficient not to have these words taken seriously. But Mikheil Saakashvili and his supporters don't pay attention to it. These speculations have been particularly loud over the past few years when Tbilisi started anti-Russian policies. They want to get dividends from that. And the West is bored to death of all that. Besides, it greatly irritates Georgians", - Khomeriki stated.
As Vladimir Khomeriki remarks, Tbilisi's aggression against Russia plays into the hands of a small group of Western politicians. "They will play that game because Saakashvili's statements are part of bargaining with Russia", - he thinks.
According to him, the result of Saakashvili's disastrous activities is the loss of part of Georgian territories and the economic embargo on the part of Russia. Russia rejects Georgian goods which is a heavy blow to the country's economy no matter what Saakashvili might say about reclaiming foreign markets", - the president of Union of Russian and Georgian Nations foundation added.
Vladimir Khomeriki also expressed certitude that the inevitable withdrawal of Saakashvili's regime will bring a thaw into Georgian-Russian relations. "This rhetoric will soon be over, since the Georgian society is active and aggressive against current authorities. Soon it will have to leave, and former relations will restore", - he specified.
Indeed, inside Georgia this rhetoric causes perplexity. Recently, The National Council oppositional movement disseminated a statement that harsh words against Russia "cause open irritation and irony of European politicians". The speech of Georgia's state minister for integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structure Georgi Baramidze was particularly criticized. According to The National Council members he spoke too ambiguously about Georgia's policies and his speeches in favor of his Western partners sounded too patronizing. "Semi-measures, semi-principles and semi-approaches are unaccepted! You must be totally open and fair toward other countries! The West has no other choice but to fix commitment to Georgia's NATO accession", - according to the opposition these phrases of Baramidze sound "bossy". The National Council also highlights that these speeches are ridiculous when presented by the man "who once threatened to shoot prisoners in the heart and then was in charge of multi-thousand punitive operations".
No one knows if Georgian leaders will be attentive to the criticism of the opposition. Scandalous behavior and empty speeches are traditional attributes of every representative of official Tbilisi speaking in front of Western politicians or giving false promises to people of Georgia.