Shevardnadze: Georgia should know its place
Former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze said that Moscow and Tbilisi could establish a dialogue in the event of a return of Vladimir Putin for president of Russia.
According to VZGLYAD, Shevardnadze in an interview to a local edition "Asaval-Dasavali" reported that he knows Putin "almost from childhood" and "he does not hate Georgians".
According to the ex-president, for normal communication with the neighbors, "Georgia should know its place and its price". "And they should value the others. Russia is our big neighbor, firmly taking up positions in our economy. In the hands of Russia there are most of our strategic assets" - Shevardnadze said, adding that "it's baseless to say that Putin's return will be a disaster for Georgia".
Recall, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the recent congress of "United Russia" in response to the invitation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to head the list of the UR for the upcoming elections to the Duma invited him to run for president.
Previously, Eduard Shevardnadze also said that Georgia is advantageous if Vladimir Putin will once again become 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, I do not 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.