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Eurasian does not mean Soviet

16.12.2011  |  11:45

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Despite Tbilisi's attempts to blacken the idea of Eurasian Union and get approval from Brussels, Georgia has failed. EU high commissioner for foreign affairs and security policy Catherine Ashton stated that Europe demonstrates interest to the creation of a union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Looks like pro-western Saakashvili will have to keep his mouth shut, as Valery Homyakov, a well-known Russian politologist told GeorgiaTimes correspondent.


The prospect of creating the Eurasian Union, now becoming still more clear, has seriously frightened Tbilisi. When integration between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan into one economic zone was announced, the Georgian regime filled with Russophobia started shivering with "righteous anger" and throwing bilious statements.

The first to speak was the ministry of foreign affairs of the republic that compared the Eurasian union with an attempt to restore the USSR adding that Moscow wants to drag post-Soviet republics into the union by force. Then there appeared state minister for integration Georgi Baramidze on the scene. His point of view wasn't different from the position of the foreign ministry and this is natural: Saakashvili's teammates have always demonstrated astonishing unanimity of views. "The Eurasian union will be a modernized Soviet Union. Modernization of this association for Russians means collection of lands and creation of new spheres of influence, - Baramidze stated. - In lack of pressure from the West Russians believe they can lure countries into the union by blackmailing. That is why the West must not be silent".

Finally, Mikheil Saakashvili took the floor. "If the European Union is a future, the Eurasian Union is the past and it will not be justified", - the president of Georgia predicted. - A similar project was imposed on Georgia and many other countries almost one century ago. The name was different - the Soviet Union".

In reply to all angry remarks of the political elite of Georgia it is sufficient to give one argument: the idea of the Eurasian Union was proposed by Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbaev seven years ago. All attempts to turn Moscow into a sort of dictatorship in the CIS, are failing. Plus, as Baramidze predicted, the West did start to speak. What was expressed by EU high commissioner for foreign affairs and security policy Catherine Ashton as a result of the visit to Moscow couldn't make Georgian politicians happier though.

"Sure, we demonstrate interest to create the Eurasian Union and we see no contradiction in it, - she remarked. - Closer cooperation between countries of the region and Russia does not exclude closer ties between them and the EU. The idea of closer economic integration in the territory from Lisbon to Vladivostok based on WTO principles has been discussed for some time already and is considered in relationships between the EU and Russia".

This is what the European diplomat said to those who object to the idea of the Eurasian Union: interested countries must decide on integrating processes inside the Customs Union, the Common Economic Space and the Eurasian Union. Her reminder to Georgia aspiring for Europe was this: presently Tbilisi is taking part in Eastern Partnership project and is embraced by the European Neighborhood policy.

Hearing such a statement the neighbors (not potential members) had better keep quiet. - Or at least they should choose right words referring to unions on the continent. It wasn't much of help for Georgia to flatter Brussels - free-loving politicians of Georgia failed to enchant Europe.

As Valery Homyakov, director general of the Council for National strategy, said in a talk with GeorgiaTimes correspondent, the EU's position that Catherine Ashton voiced, will make aggressive speeches of Georgian leaders milder. "No doubt, Europe has strong influence on developments in Georgia and on positions of Georgian leaders as well, - our interlocutor believes. - That is why I believe the situation may change. Most probably, Mr. Saakashvili won't be so categorical in his evaluations of Vladimir Putin's and Dmitry Medvedev's actions. From this point of view, the scenario of Russian-Georgian relations might get much more positive. Yet, I doubt that Saakashvili will become wiser, though nothing can be excluded. He has made a lot of mistakes, and one mistake is that he speaks badly about actions of the Russian leadership, also referring to the creation of the Eurasian Union, integration of the post-Soviet space and all other things. By the end of his presidency these mistakes in statements had better be corrected".

Ruslan Chigoev

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