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Saakashvili: Georgia will never return under Russia's influence2012-12-07 14:09
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has stated his country "will never come back under Russia's influence". According to the Rosbalt, he expressed such opinion in Poland at the International Conference of experts in Caucasus.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Our people have tasted success, democracy, democratic change of power, and that is what is called a European basis", he explained his position in relation to Russia. He added that Georgians won't give up this course, since "our policy is a long-term development, peace and opportunity for every resident of the region".
At the same time, the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Diaspora and Caucasus issues Gubaz Sanikidze said that the new government of Georgia would make adjustments to Tbilisi's policy towards the Caucasus: "The Caucasus won't become a single state, it is clear to everyone, but conditionally the Caucasian house as a historical and cultural unit must be the united".
Meanwhile, as the outcome of the NATO-Georgia meeting on December 5 in Brussels within the NATO Ministerial Council, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili expressed regret from the fact that Georgia has not been granted a Membership Action Plan in the Alliance (MAP), the News-Georgia reports. The president stated this on Thursday, December 6 in Warsaw.
"During the NATO summit in Chicago (May 2012) it was stated that NATO will expand in 2014, and Georgia was one of the candidates for membership. Unfortunately, the day before, at the NATO-Georgia meeting we have not received MAP, and there have been not recorded the country's institutional step forward. We had a chance to get MAP after the parliamentary election, but unfortunately, because of the events of recent months, at this point, we have not been given this chance", said the president.