Zurabishvili: it's time to streamline the relationship with Russia
Georgia should streamline the relationship with Russia, but not to throw themselves to Moscow's arms, said one of the leader of republicans David Zurabishvili in an interview to "Georgia and the World".
The Republicans, "Free Democrats" and the team of Bidzina Ivanishvili have merged into a single political structure, which, as it was said, must become the political center, an alternative to current power. However, the coalition bloc has internal inconsistencies: for example, Ivanishvili said that he supports the normalization of relations with Russia, while the Republican Party has always had a more pro-Western orientation. However, Zurabishvili sees no serious contradiction.
"The position of Bidzina Ivanishvili does not contradict our own position, on the contrary, we have the same principles. Ideological postulate and the position of republicans, Free Democrats and all of political forces included in the coalition can be briefly stated as follows: we see our country a member of the Euro-Atlantic coalition, the European Union, and our main priority in security matters - to seek NATO membership. However, this strategy does not mean that we must continue to adhere to regime of resistance to Russia", he said.
"We do not underestimate the complexity of this issue, especially given the fact that part of our territory is occupied, and the embassies of "South Ossetia" and Abkhazia are almost opened. But we must to do everything to normalize our relations. I repeat: this would be painful, but we must try", said the politician.
As noted by the publication, according to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. International Republican Institute (IRI), 75 percent of citizens support the resumption of dialogue with Russia.