Katamadze: Relations between Georgia and Ukraine have not changed
According to the Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine Grigol Katamadze, Georgia's relations with new Ukrainian authorities are the same as with the previous leadership. The diplomat believes that they have moved to a new pragmatic level. As reported by the "GHN", Georgian official position was announced in an interview to "Glavkom".
"Before Yushchenko Ukraine had two other the president. Kravchuk had no such personal contacts, but his attitude to Georgia was not worse than under President Yushchenko. In 1993, an agreement on Friendship and Mutual Cooperation, which had no analogues was signed. I remember, Kravchuk had sent helicopter regiment and landing craft to to rescue refugees during the conflict in Abkhazia. There is another thing. In February of 2005, when Tymoshenko was Prime Minister, in Kiev the annual meeting of the Economic intergovernmental commission was held. And such commission was not gathered from that time" - said Katamadze. However, the assertion that after the arrival of the new Ukrainian authorities the relationship of two countries has changed is a mistake, he added.
"Those who say that after arrival of new government in Ukraine, our relationship changed are mistaken. I do not want to draw parallels, and let no one is offended at me, but Georgian President has never attended to the birthday of Viktor Yushchenko. But he had come to the anniversary of President Viktor Yanukovych last year and congratulated him. They had got acquainted with each other when Yanukovych was prime minister, and when he was in opposition. A number of official visits at various levels is expected till the end of the year. Nothing has changed, we have only moved into pragmatic mainstream of relationships. We meet if there is interest in a particular issue" - concluded Katamadze.