Photo: RIA Novosti / Shota Nozadze
Georgia’s withdrawal from CIS in 2009 did not bring the state any good and complicated decision of foreign policy problems. This was stated by RIA Novosti, the former speaker of Parliament, opposition politician Nino Burjanadze.
“Georgia slammed the door, and it was only a political gesture. In politics, such decisions do not bring anything good”, she said.
According to her, Tbilisi, by contrast, should have stayed in the international community and “maximize the use of the CIS”, seeking support and understanding from the leaders of the allied countries. “Georgia, in its decision erred because its finding in the Commonwealth does not infringe upon its sovereignty,” — said Burjanadze.
Georgia left the CIS in August 2009 as a protest against Russia’s actions during the Georgian-Ossetian conflict in 2008, the results of which Moscow has supported the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Tbilisi considers these territories its temporarily occupied regions — for example, in one interview about mass protests in late June in Georgia, the President of Salome Zurabishvili five times accused Russia of the annexation of the territories.
At the end of June this year in Georgia broke out again anti-Russian protests. They were provoked by the visit of the delegation from Moscow on inter-parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy: the presiding Deputy of the state Duma Sergey Gavrilov has held the speaker’s chair, after which a number of opposition politicians in protest left the hall, and in the evening of the same day they tried to storm the Parliament. The main demand of the opposition was political reform.
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