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Saakashvili criticized for attempt to create problems in restoring relations with Russia

February 27, 2013, 17:16 UTC+3

Saakashvili continues using rhetoric, which aggravated our complicated relations with Russia in its time and didn’t do any good

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TBILISI, February 27 (Itar-Tass) – Georgian parliament Speaker David Usupashvili has described remarks of President Mikhail Saakashvili about a visit to Georgia of experts of the Russian Federal Service for Control in the Sphere of Protection of Consumers' Rights and Well-Being of Humans or Rospotrebnadzor as an attempt to create problems to the restoration of trade and economic relations with Russia.

“Saakashvili continues using rhetoric, which aggravated our complicated relations with Russia in its time and didn’t do any good,” Usupashvili told journalists in Kutaisi on Wednesday.

Vice-Speaker Manana Kobahidze believes that Saakashvili “is talking the language of hatred with regards to everybody, including the Russian side.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Saakashvili couldn’t help criticizing the new Georgian government and Russian experts who had arrived in Georgia to inspect Georgian companies producing wine and mineral water.

“Onishchenko did not give us the honor to come himself. He sent a delegation to Georgia. But our bureaucrats and representatives of wine-making companies are dancing attendance on them. They are filling their glasses with wine and are looking them in the eyes to see whether they like it or not,” Saakashvili said. He even remembered a famous phrase,” the inspector-general is coming to visit us” taken from Nikolai Gogol’s 19th-century play “The Inspector-General”.

"I don’t understand why we are still living in the Soviet era and haven’t ridden ourselves from an inferiority complex. Why should we always please them?” Saakashvili said.

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivashishvili has repeated several times in recent months that President Saakashvili’s undiplomatic remarks were largely behind Russia’s decision to impose restriction on Georgian imports in 2006-2007.


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