U.S. does not want Georgian regime change by revolution: expert
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 16 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The activities of the EU and U.S. in Georgia are connected with the West's desire to prevent a regime change via revolution, head of the International Relations Department at the Institute of Political and Military Analysis and Russian South Caucasus expert Sergey Markedonov said.
"The West's position toward Georgia has been determined since the Rose Revolution. The power in the country should no longer be replaced by revolutionary means," Markedonov told Trend over the phone from Moscow. "The U.S. and EU want to examine in-depth the Georgian opposition and get to know the situation inside the country. "
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Tina Kaidanow arrived in Tbilisi today on working visit. During her visit, Kaidanow will attend the meeting of the democracy commission established under the U.S-Georgian Charter on Strategic Cooperation. Kaidanow visits Georgia intensively, without disclosing the reasons for her visits. The U.S. Embassy in Georgia also does not release information in this regard.
A U.S. State Department delegation will visit Tbilisi tomorrow to attend the event. According to the official, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner will head the delegation.
According to Markedonov, the U.S. gradually entered Georgian politics beginning in1997 when the country formulated its position on the South Caucasus. U.S. policy toward the region became ever more focused and rigid due to the prolonged Iraq war, he said.
"With the recent change in the U.S. administration, the details have been refreshed," Markedonov said. "The U.S. is looking for a new approach and new focus in terms of continuing its position toward the South Caucasus."
According to the expert, Washington has stated clearly that U.S. President Barack Obama will remain faithful to the idea that cooperating with Russia is possible and desirable in strategic matters, but the former Soviet Union is not the priority zone of Moscow's influence.
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