Georgia remains sticking point between U.S., Russia: expert
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 7 / Trend , E.Tariverdiyeva/
Despite a "restart" in the U.S.-Russian relations, Georgian remains a sticking point between the two countries, leading American Expert on Georgia Lincoln Mitchell said.
"Georgia should not expect any dramatic change after the meeting of Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitriy Medvedev. Georgia will remain a sticking point between the US and Russia, but US support for Georgia will remain strong and clear," Professor of the Columbia University Mitchell wrote Trend in an email.
The Georgian political elite worry about possible results of the U.S. and Russian presidents' meetings and change in Washington's attitude toward Tbilisi.
The United States' attitude toward Georgia does not change and it fully supports Georgia's territorial integrity, Vice-Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Mikhail Machavariani said when commenting on the Obama-Medvedev meeting in Moscow.
Machavariani said the whole world, especially Georgia and its fans expected this meeting with a tense attention.
"After the meeting, it was confirmed that the U.S. new administration will not cede in the issue of Georgia and will fundamentally raise the issue on this country's territorial integrity, as well as will never accept presence of the occupation army in Georgia," he said.
U.S. President Barack Obama is on visit in Moscow with a working visit upon his Russian counterpart Dmitriy Medvedev's invitation. The agreement on Obama's visit to Moscow has been reached during the two leaders' April meeting in London before the G20 summit. At that time, Medvedev stated that he is satisfied with familiarization with his American counterpart and hopes for an interesting and fruitful meeting in the Russian capital.
Mitchell said Georgia will not be the main focus of the agenda. However, the expert believes, the broader issue of Georgia and US support of Georgian sovereignty will certainly be on the agenda.
"Fears that Obama will somehow trade Georgia off to get something from Russia are unfounded," Mitchell said.