David Bakradze’s deep deadlock29.04.2011 | 13:30
Georgian authorities are again showing unwelcome concern about their northern neighbor. Speaker of Parliament David Bakradze believes that Moscow's political guidance is leading the country towards a "deep deadlock". The reason for such gloomy assessment of the Russian future is RF MFA Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. While Russia is settling neighbourly relationship with these two republics, Georgia is helplessly rattling its demagogic statements. General Director of the Center of Political Environment Sergey Mikheev shared his opinion on the matter with GeorgiaTimes.
Mikheev shared his opinion on the matter with GeorgiaTimes.
"Deep deadlock", "Soviet government", "cold war". These worm-eaten, backward methods were used by Speaker of the Georgian Parliament David Bakradze to assess the visit of RF MFA Minister Sergey Lavrov to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Speaker's statement reveals overt resent: the powerful northern neighbor continues ignoring the small proud Tbilisi. One just cannot put up with it!
"Instead of accepting Georgia's proposal and making a step towards the dialogue and settling the problems between our countries, they continue walking the wrong way, thus leading the country into a deeper deadlock. Unfortunately, Russian government is acting in a style that was acceptable for the Soviet government during the cold war. Russia has got no political resource and courage to adequately answer the Georgian party's proposal to start a dialogue. No matter how hard the Russian Foreign Minister tried, whatever statements he made and whatever agreements he signed, he cannot change the real fact that Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region have been occupied", - David Bakradze stated at the meeting of the Georgian parliament bureau.
There is so much bitterness in these worlds! Georgia is doing its best but Russia won't answer its proposals, keeping silent. And so long as every bird likes its own nest, Georgian authorities are blowing the consequences of the "problems" between Tbilisi and Moscow up to the international level. For them, a conflict with Russia is one of the major problems.
Georgian authorities are unable to understand that a quarrel with Georgia will never lead Russia into a deadlock. Sakartvelo simply has no guts for it. Moscow is talking on equal terms to those whom Georgia is looking at hat in hand and the reason of the Georgian government's sleepless nights and painful contemplations bothers Moscow to the least extent.
The statement that Russia is "lacking courage" to talk to Georgia sounds funny. As we can remember, in 2008, it was the Georgian soldiers who lacked courage for a dialogue at the battle field. Their hasty retreat gave rise to thousands of horror stories about Russian troops "laying siege" to Tbilisi. We can still hear Mikhail Saakashvili, who also displayed outstanding "courage" in the August war, harping on the "occupants" who are allegedly watching the Georgian capital from the nearest mountains.
One feels like saying: don't mix disgust and cowardice. Moscow is deaf to Tbilisi not because it is afraid of Mishiko-the "unbending democrat" but because the Kremlin does not want to shake hands with him, that's all. As for the Georgian people's belief that Russia's "non-democratic" position will lead it into a deadlock is worth a pitiful smile: these grown-up people still believe in tales.
- Russia is basing upon the fact that it recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, - General Director of the Center of Political Environment Sergey Mikheev told GeorgiaTimes. - Lavrov visits other countries as well, with which we've got diplomatic relationship, regardless of whether these countries have got a complicated history. Say, we've got diplomatic relationship with all the countries of the former Yugoslavia, though Yugoslavia fell apart in the result of the war. Was it legitimate? Not necessarily, especially that it was much encouraged by NATO troops. Of course, one might think that the land of Kosovo was occupied by NATO troops. Nevertheless, Russia set up diplomatic relationship with Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia and communicates with them at the level of foreign ministers, though somebody, perhaps, thinks that the appearance of these countries is illegitimate. We support relationship with all the post-Soviet states in the same way, though someone believes that the collapse of the USSR was illegitimate. Each country has a complicated history.
In this case, Russia simply bases upon the fact of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia's independence and treats them in the same way it treats other independent states. What is there to talk about? Everything could be discussed before recognition. And now it's clear that Russia and Georgia's positions on the matter are totally different and can hardly intercross. That is why their assessments of the situation are absolutely different as well.
- And what about the statement that Russia has got no political resources and courage to communicate with Georgia?