Shevardnadze: Saakashvili should talk to Russia
Former president of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze said that the current head of state Mikhail Saakashvili should initiate a dialogue with Russia.
According to VZGLYAD, in interview to "Asaval-Dasavali" Shevardnadze said that Saakashvili must try to start the dialogue between Moscow and Tbilisi. According to him, Georgian president "can not bring Abkhazia and South Ossetia back" without such diologue.
Eduard Shevardnadze is also convinced that spiritual leaders of states can play major role in negotiation process between two countries. "Meeting of Patriarchs of Russia and Georgia in Kiev can become a ray of light in these conditions" - said Shevardnadze.
Earlier, Shevardnadze noted that Georgia will be able to resolve their problems only in case of normalization of relations with Russia.
"If Georgia can normalize relations with Russia, our country will be able to unite and develop normally" - he said.
According to Shevardnadze, the West would not defend Georgia in its dispute with Moscow and to spoil relations with Russia. "That's why Georgia should look for ways to normalize relations with Russia and this would create conditions for resolving problems of our country" - said Shevardnadze.
Shevardnadze has also said that relations with Russia at highest levels is very important for Georgia. At the same time he said that it would be advantageous for Georgia if Vladimir Putin becames president again.
"Dmitry Medvedev has refused to negotiate with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. I do not rule put that he will hold talks with Saakashvili" - said the former head of Georgia.
He also believes that Putin is quite loyal to the Georgians.