GEORGIA-RUSSIA: IN SEARCH OF CIVILIZED RELATIONS

Malkhaz MATSABERIDZE


Malkhaz Matsaberidze, D.Sc. (Political Science), professor at the Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia)


The relations between Georgia and Russia, which can hardly be called well-ordered, have escalated beyond the bilateral level to become a problem that has caught international attention. Some forces are trying to profit from the present state of affairs, while others are doing their best to bring order to bilateral relations. To achieve this we should go to the root of the current tension. It is highly tempting to find a scapegoat, but I cannot describe myself as an impartial observer qualified to do this. It is equally wrong to spread the guilt between the sides and boast of an objective and unbiased approach. I have undertaken here to discuss the key issues responsible for the current situation and the far from simple quest for a model of civilized relations.

Relations Based on Accusations

The time has come to bury the past and take a look at the post-Soviet period, during which, it must be said, Georgian-Russian relations have been neither normal nor civilized. Russia is convinced that Georgias efforts to move closer to the West, its close contacts with the United States, and its loudly announced intention to integrate into the Euro-Atlantic structures are nothing more than manifestations of its hostile anti-Russian policy. Georgia is firmly convinced that Russia has..


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