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Shevardnadze: Saakashvili should arrive in Moscow under the threat of arrest2011-04-11 14:04
Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze stated that the head of the state Mikhail Saakashvili should go to Russia to settle relationship between Moscow and Tbilisi.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"If we really want to restore territorial integrity, the only way is to attain a dialogue with Russia. If I were President of Georgia, I would go to Moscow and wouldn't make a single step back until received by President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, even if such trip were prohibited and even under a threat of being arrested", - VZGLYAD is citing former head of the Georgian state.
At the same time, Shevardnadze added that the official Tbilisi's allies will not mar their relationship with Russia in case the strain between the two countries grows. "No one is going to hurt Russia because of Georgia", - he remarked.
Earlier, Eduard Shevardnadze expressed assuredness that RF President Dmitry Medvedev wound not accept Mikhail Saakashvili's invitation to set up direct negotiations.
"A proposal to meet made by Georgian president at the European Parliament session will remain unanswered, so long as Moscow has many times stated its unwillingness to hold negotiations with Saakashvili and I believe it will be so this time", - he said.
According to him, Russia won't believe Saakashvili's statements about the non-use of force in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "Russia has got its reasons not to trust the Georgian president for he was the first to enter Tskhinval and then war 2008 followed, - Shevardnadze said. - Are there any guarantees that he won't do that again?"
Let us remind you that Mikhail Saakashvili delivered a speech before the European Parliament deputies last November 23. There he stated the necessity of proposing a direct dialogue to Russia and promised not to initiate military actions against Abkhazia and South Ossetia so as to bring these territories back under Tbilisi's sovereignty.
It should be noted that the Georgian party many times stated its readiness to start a dialogue and sign an agreement on the non-use of force but with Russia only. "Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili declared it from the European Parliament rostrum this November; later on, these obligations were confirmed by Georgia in written form in its appeals to international organizations, so we are expecting similar actions from Russia", - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergo Kapanadze stated.
In its turn, Russia wants Georgia to sign an agreement on the non-use of force with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.