Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: ‘The situation may become aggravated in Javakheti’

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: ‘The situation may become aggravated in Javakheti’
# 23 February 2013 13:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. 'Policy of the new government allows Kremlin influencing Georgia,' Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in his interview to the first channel of Public Television, APA reports: “One of such leverages is the probability of tension in Javakheti, where majority of residents are ethnic Armenians”.

Saakashvili noted that one of the leverages is the suspension of the construction of hydropower stations in Georgia: “The new government makes Georgia dependent on Russian energy”.

The second leverage is connected with trade. He thinks that selection of Russian market as a priority is very dangerous for Georgia and this one day can give a chance to Russia to destroy Georgian economy.

The third leverage is the restoration of railway in Abkhazia. Saakashvili noted that though the talks are being held, the works for restoration of the road have already started.

The fourth leverage is Javakheti. The president thinks that the situation may become aggravated in this region: “Javakheti is now hostage, while earlier the hostages were Abkhazia and South Ossetia. If you allow Russia cut power, destroy our economy, close our way to Europe, then Georgia can become a country under the provincial dictatorship. Without democracy, pluralism, free mass media, judicial independence, our country will not strive for Europe. There will be just one direction – Russia…”.

Saakashvili noted that he does not want to dismiss Ivanishvili’s government using his authority: “Am I so inexperienced to make these people heroes? Then they would say that they tried to do something for people, but Saakashvili did not allow them”.

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