Wikileaks: Putin has long warned Saakashvili!
Infamous web site Wikileaks has recently published information that even during his presidency the current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned Saakashvili about the possible worsening of relations between Russia and Georgia. As the "GHN" reported, WikiLeaks has posted on its website a letter sent from the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi in Washington, where the conversation of President Mikhail Saakashvili and U.S. Deputy Assistant of Secretary of State Tina Kaidanow was described.
"Saakashvili told Tina Kaidanow that he had hoped the U.S. would not regard the conflicts as "frozen" forever. The situation, he said, was once again uncertain. Explosion that occurred 14 September (2009) in Zugdidi, he said, is evidence of instability. As an example of pressure, which, according to Saakashvili, Russia wants to carry out, he (Saakashvili) told Kaidanow about a frank conversation which he had with then-Russian President Vladimir Putin in February 2008"- stated in materials of Wikileaks.
"According to Saakashvili, Putin told him "to be ready", since it was clear that the West is going to recognize Kosovo. Putin hinted that if Georgia will refrain from rapprochement with NATO, then Russia may not have recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia. According to Saakashvili, because of the fact, that Russia has tense relations with Georgia, is creating challenges for Putin in the rest of the former Soviet Union; he also specifically mentioned the increase in recent months presence of Russia in Turkmenistan. He said that "Russia wants to close the siege around us from all sides" - noted in a letter released on the Internet.