Michael Saakashvilithe: Kacper Pempel / Reuters
Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili in an interview with radio station “Echo of Moscow” told about his attitude to the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, and also revealed details of the negotiations between them in 2008.
“Medvedev… Well, this is certainly actually a complete jerk. Because I tried to contact him by phone. And at first I liked him, too in Astana [6 July 2008]. And he told me about the plans of the war somewhere at the disco [Kazakh President Nursultan] Nazarbayev. And then fled to the toilet, so I did not continue the conversation,” — said Saakashvili on the meeting of CIS leaders at the event dedicated to the Day of capital of Kazakhstan.
“Medvedev from itself is zero. I thought that I communicate with the President of Russia, and it turned out that I communicate with someone who no… He said to me, “You know, I don’t make the decisions, and there, in Moscow and other laws of the genre” is his phrase,” — said the ex-President of Georgia.
In an interview with RTVI TV channel, Saakashvili again touched upon the meeting in Astana. “Nazarbayev came to me and said: “That you, Michael, so excited? I’m so nervous you’ve never seen. Don’t pay attention to it. You know, he’s a nobody, his head is in Moscow”,” — said the former head of Georgia.
“After our meeting in St. Petersburg [6 June 2008] I’ve called three times Medvedev, including twice took call Putin. Once Putin told me: “Why do you call Medvedev? You’re with me solve these questions, I supervise”,” — said Saakashvili, who had intended to discuss with Medvedev the situation in South Ossetia.
“He’s lying, he’s a total jerk, look at him. Who is he at all? This misunderstanding of Russian history, just Shnyrev, six Putin, just absolute nothingness. From [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel has the illusion that maybe Medvedev will become Khrushchev. Here he was appointed, and he will shake it off and will take out Putin. Putin is much better known. He knew whom to appoint,” — said the former President of Georgia.
Saakashvili also spoke about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I want to say that all these stories that I had some personal misunderstanding with Putin and because of this, there was war [in South Ossetia] is nonsense. Putin is too cool to start wars because of personal relations,” he said.
“And I, by the way, never had loud personal conflicts, ever. All these stories that I was called, almost pinched in some places is nonsense. We have always had a very polite conversation and always on you. With many leaders from the CIS, he turned to you, familiarly, mother. To me he has always been holding back. And I didn’t feel particular contempt,” — said Saakashvili.
Mikheil Saakashvili was President of Georgia from 2004 to 2013. In 2008, at the beginning of his second presidential term, Georgia sent troops into the breakaway South Ossetia, trying to take the region under its control. After the intervention of Russia, the Georgian military were forced out of the conflict zone. Later, Moscow officially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
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