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Tbilisi blackmailers hit by Geneva attack10.06.2011 | 16:44
Official Tbilisi is wasting its breath. At the time of the current round of Geneva talks on stability and security in Transcaucasia representatives of Sakartvelo stated that Georgia can withdraw from debates if "Russia continues to plan terrorist acts" in the territory of the republic. However, the West prefers not to notice ultimatums of Georgian diplomats. GeorgiaTimes correspondent spoke about Saakashvili's convulsive attempts to manipulate the opinion of the States and EU to Sergey Mikheev, a well-known Russian politologist, vice president of the center of political conjuncture.
"It's impossible to imagine continuation of talks with the country whose leaders pursue the policy of political terrorism", - Caucasian Knot quotes passionate words of Giga Bokeria, head of the Georgian delegation in Geneva. He was supported by Shota Utiashvili, head of the information and analytical department of the Ministry of Interior, who thinks that the Georgian side has given a clear message to Russia and its international partners that if attempted terrorist attacks continue Georgia will withdraw from Geneva talks. "It's impossible to discuss serious issues with the side that constantly plans terrorist acts against us", - he noted. - There have been two attempts over the last week. How long can we rely on poor competence of Russian special services and good luck? It is important that the terrorist acts be stopped - it is our top priority".
It was evident that Georgia would refer to the home-made terrorist acts. Still, ultimatums set at the international talks - the only link that connects Tbilisi with Sukhum and Tskhinval - is an exaggeration. Serious international organizations think so too, by the way. This is what Anti Turunen, UN special envoy said: the mediators do not have sufficient powers to investigate into the attempted terrorist acts Tbilisi calls for, Ekho Kavkaza writes.
Grigory Karasin, head of the Russian delegation at the talks, makes it clear that Georgia's hysteria over fictitious explosions are not a surprise to anyone. "We view it as an exercise in information and propaganda activities", - his words are quoted on Novosti RIA. - I am convinced that this mode of presentation is connected with domestic difficulties the current regime is facing and their attempt to consolidate the society on a rather provocative basis of anti-Russian sentiment. The aim is to make Russia responsible for all troubles - in interior and foreign policy.
Left unresponded to, Tbilisi decided to move on. Giga Bokeria has already stated that the Georgian side expects "more vivid evaluation" proposing to start a joint investigation of pseudo-terrorist acts with Moscow if on Russia's "good will". It is not totally clear what should be investigated into. It is difficult to identify this provocation even as a "phoney". That is why the Georgian side must forget about "vivid evaluation". Particularly when the essence of Tbilisi's ultimatums lies on the surface.
As Sergey Mikheev, vice president of the Center for Political Conjuncture, stated in a conversation with GeorgiaTimes correspondent, Georgia's current actions is an ordinary political game. "A UN session or a meeting of any other international organization is equally convenient, - he says. - Various countries use these methods now and then. Naturally, Geneva talks are a good place to stir a scandal, to try and put pressure on public opinion or mold this opinion as needed. In this case absurdity of accusations in preparation of terrorist acts is evident. In my view, Georgia has no proof, though they reiterate that recent events in Tbilisi were organized by the Federal Security Service".
In reply to the question whether Tbilisi can withdraw from negotiating process, our interlocutor thinks Georgia can temporarily opt out to get back to discussions later. "But even if the Georgian side withdraws completely, this is not a catastrophe", - Mikheev thinks. - Firstly, Georgia is interested to keep Geneva discussions running in order to have a positive outcome of these talks. If the talks stop, this will freeze the existing status quo".