Foreign Policy: Georgia Seeks Middle Ground Between US-Russian Saber Rattling

Foreign Policy has released an article based on a special interview with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili where he supposedly stated “the tiny tSouth Caucasusbb nation of Georgia is doing all it can to stay out of the fray and avoid angering either Washington or Moscow.”

According to the publication “doing so, according to Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili would only set back Tbilisi’s efforts to regain control of their lost territories and improve its economic situation.”

According to Margvelashvili [they] are concentrating on the belief that Georgia has the right to exercise its own policy vis-à-vis with Russia and its other neighbors.

“It’s not as if Tbilisi doesn’t have major complaints to register with Russia: the Kremlin continues to provide military, economic and political support to two separatist regions in the country, and rebels in the Russian-baked region of South Ossetia have pushed their boundary line deeper into Georgia in recent months.

In February, Russia ratified a military and economic partnership with Abkhazia, which some consider a de-facto annexation. But the current Georgian governing class is all too aware of what a provocative anti-Russian rhetoric can lead to after Moscow’s devastating invasion of Georgia in 2008, a five-day war set off by Georgian military operations in South Ossetia followed by an overwhelming Russian military incursion.

The conflict took place during the tenure of then-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, a pro-American stalwart who took delight in publically bashing Russian President Vladimir Putin.” The article maintains.

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02 October 2015 14:09