Shevardnadze: Sarkozy won't help Georgia
Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said that the visit of Nicolas Sarkozy to the Caucasian republic will not bring political dividends to official Tbilisi.
According to RBC, Shevardnadze said that Georgian authorities in vain hope for progress in the issue of a possible return of Abkhazia and South Ossetia back under Tbilisi's sovereignty in connection with the visit of French president. "Georgian officials initially said that Mr. Sarkozy will arrive in Tbilisi and make tough statements about Russia for non-compliance with the ceasefire agreement of August 12, 2008, but later they leveled this statement, saying that Sarkozy will support Georgia, but will not criticize Russia" - recalled the former head of the Georgian state.
Earlier, some media reported that Sarkozy's visit to Georgia will be held in early October.
In turn, Georgian ambassador to France Mamuka Kudava said that during the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Tbilisi he will raise the question of strengthening the process of Georgia's integration into the EU.
"France is very intensively supporting Georgia's integration into the EU. This visit is very important in order to to pay attention to our rapprochement with the EU, as well as to get more support in the framework of "Eastern Partnership". "Summit of "Eastern Partnership" takes place at the end of the month and France will be represented at a high level" - the diplomat said.