Shevardnadze: Georgia needs Russia
Former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze is convinced that his country can not do without Russia.
"It's lie, when they say that Russia means nothing for Georgia" - this, as reported by VZGLYAD, Shevardnadze said in an interview to the local edition of "Asaval-Dasavali".
At the same time, former President of Georgia noted that in the next two or three years relations between Moscow and Tbilisi are unlikely to recover.
Earlier, Shevardnadze noted that current head of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili must "try all the ways" to start the dialogue between Moscow and Tbilisi. According to him, "they can not bring Abkhazia and South Ossetia" without such efforts on the part of the Georgian president.
Eduard Shevardnadze also convinced that a major role in the negotiation process between the two countries can play the spiritual leaders of states. "In these conditions, a meeting in Kiev of the Patriarchs of Russia and Georgia on the eve was a ray of light" - said Shevardnadze.
Shevardnadze has also said that relations with Russia at the highest level are very important for Georgia. At the same time, he also talked about the fact that it is advantageous for Georgia if Vladimir Putin once again becomes the Russian president.
"Remember, the president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has refused to negotiate with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. Considering that Putin has recieved Georgia's opposition leaders, and I don't exclude that he will hold talks with Saakashvili" - said the former head of Georgia.
He also believes that Putin is quite loyal to the Georgians.