About 40 Arctic projects may be in Russia's Yamal backbone zone — governorBusiness & Economy February 27, 19:28
Russian Defense Ministry forms special purpose division near MoscowMilitary & Defense February 27, 19:13
Russian frigate in Mediterranean to deliver no strikes on terrorists in Syria — sourceMilitary & Defense February 27, 18:54
First stage of Arkhangelsk deepwater port to go operational by 2025Business & Economy February 27, 18:45
Cairo group says military option in Syria 'ruled out' after recapture of AleppoWorld February 27, 18:31
Communication breakdown between Russia and EU deters fight against real threats — MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 27, 17:40
Medvedev says Russia should not rely on anybody’s helpRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 27, 17:09
Russian Bandy Federation cancels match results after two teams score 20 own-goalsSport February 27, 17:06
Russia’s 2017 grain export may not meet 40 mln tonnes target — agriculture ministerBusiness & Economy February 27, 17:04
TBILISI, October 2 (Itar-Tass) —— Leader of the opposition coalition Georgian Dream Bidzina Ivanishvili believes that “it will be difficult, but not impossible” to combine the process for the improvement of Russian-Georgian relations with Georgia’s intentions to enter NATO.
He told a press conference in Tbilisi on Tuesday that the strategy of his team “is a striving towards Europe in terms of security – the NATO membership and the restoration of the territorial integrity of Georgia.” “This strategy remains unchanged,” he said.
“A possible membership of Georgia in NATO is a decision taken by the Georgian people, and a referendum was held on this issue in the country (77% of voters in the referendum voted for Georgia’s membership in NATO in January 2008 – Itar-Tass), and my attitude is the same,” Ivanishvili said.
Meanwhile, “this makes an important part of the strategy, a high commitment and a big wish is to improve the relations with Russia, which is the largest Georgian neighbour,” he said. “I understand well the current contradictions, I realize well that this is quite difficult and not easy, but I am aware that this is not impossible,” Ivanishvili commented on the possibility to improve the relations with Russia.
Russia’s position over Georgia’s intention to join NATO “was highly stirred up and worsened by Mikhail Saakashvili, who was waving with the intentions to join NATO as a red flag in front of a bull.”
“In the geopolitical aspect for Russia Georgia’s membership in NATO is not interesting today, but I do not believe that this is a matter of principle for Russia,” Ivanishvili said. He voiced confidence that “Russia can be convinced that Georgia’s accession in NATO will pose any danger to Russia with the right diplomacy, correct analysis and in the right time, and this should not be of paramount importance for Moscow.”