In an interview with EUobserver Margvelashvili said that the war in Ukraine showed Russia’s readiness to activate each of the frozen conflicts in the neighbouring countries to maintain its influence in the region. “It (Russia) is ready to destabilize half of the Eurasian continent if it is necessary”, – said the Georgian President.
According to the politician, it is not necessary to try to predict where a new problem arises. Margvelashvili said that the best solution would be an effective early warning system in the region. However, he agreed that NATO currently is reviewing its goals and tries to revise their policies. “Russia is one of the factors influencing the transformation of NATO”, – the politician considers.
Margvelashvili also said that he does not believe that Russia opposes Georgia’s accession to NATO, because in this country born Joseph Stalin. The Georgian President said that in this case we can say that the author of the “Communist Manifesto” Karl Marx was born in a country – member of NATO.
Last week, former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is believed to continue to exert a strong influence on Georgian politics, in an interview with Georgian TV channel GDS announced its intention to normalize relations with Russia, recognizing that this process will take time. “With patience we must continue our economy and needs to wait until Russia and partner countries are aware of and you will see that already the time that Georgia became a member of NATO and the European Union”, – said Ivanishvili.
Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Russia were interrupted in 2008 after between Georgia and South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Russia there was a military conflict, after which Tbilisi lost control of South Ossetian and Abkhazian territories, and Moscow, in turn, recognized both republics.