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Tbilisi renounces Big Brother15.06.2011 | 22:53
Megalomania of Georgian leaders is astonishing. Official Tbilisi is sure that the world pays no attention to the country's gradual transformation into a US colony. Vice PM Georgi Baramidze stated at the opening ceremony of another "NATO corner" that the republic will not be a "younger brother" of any great empire - either Russia or the USA. Yet, these words can't hide the leaders' dependence on wind that blows from Washington. This is what GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed with Gulbaat Rtskhiladze, head of the Institute of Eurasia.
Baramidze recently pronounced a very pompous speech full of accusations against Russia. He said that Moscow can't leave the proud Caucasian republic alone and constantly organizes acts of terrorism or sabotage in the territory of the country. "They hope Georgia will again become Russia's "younger brother", but they are strongly mistaken. Our country has undergone serious transformation and we don't want to be a "younger brother" to Russia or the USA" - he emphasized.
A piquant detail is that the Vice PM pronounced these words at the opening ceremony of "NATO corner" (not a novelty for Georgia's educational institutions) in Sukhum state university. These centers confirm that the country leaders are fully ready to convert the entire country into NATO religion in order to please their Western patrons and join the North Atlantic Alliance as soon as possible.
According to Gulbaat Rtskiladze, a well-known Georgian expert, it is surprising that words about Georgia's non-dependence on superpowers were pronounced by Mr. Baramidze. "He sounds ridiculous. His words are comical; he is in an extremely constrained position. He depends on both - current leaders and America. He did his studies in the States and he is not used to making decisions on his own. To him it's inconceivable", - Rtskhiladze said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.
Touching upon Washington's influence on Georgian leadership, Rtskhiladze remarked that the ruling regime views subordination to Western superpowers, primarily the Stats, as the basis for survival. The head of the Institute of Eurasia is sure that Tbilisi has only one way out of this unenviable situation - to improve relations with Moscow. "Georgia must make it up with Russia. Now, however, nobody will allow us to do that. Besides, this path is full of dangers - like when we were pushed to start a war with Russia", - he stated.
"Yes, probably, if we hypothetically imagine a different regime in Georgia, the country will not depend on Russia or the USA and will be able to maneuver in between their interests. Yet, the negative forecast is the repetition of Shevarnaze story: he tried to deceive everyone in a primitive way. We must maintain a sort of balance here. Certainly, we must be more focused on out neighbor with whom we share economic interests" - Gulbaat Rtskhiladze added.
Obviously Georgia will hardly become a serious player in Caucasus or in the world politics. Current leaders of the republic have brought the country to the very background of all more or less important events that take place in the region. Now they try to disguise their failures in the international arena with empty speeches declaring "leadership" and "supremacy" over their neighbors. Yet, everyone understands that Tbilisi - at the pleasure of its allies, or to be more exact - patrons - has only one role. To annoy Russia in a fierce attempt to discredit Moscow's decisions.
The saddest thing here is that Mikheil Saakashvili and his teammates accept these responsibilities in full. The main thing for the Georgian president is to retain power. He does not care about sacrifices the country must make and interests it must abandon in order to achieve this goal. He is satisfied with the leash Washington keeps him on. And the population of the republic has to be leashed together with the Rose revolution leader.