Political analyst: Russia is no threat to Georgia
Russia, Moscow, September 22 / Trend A. Gasimova /
Russia is not a threat to Georgia, whatever some Georgian politicians say, Kirill Tanayev, the director general of the Effective Policy Foundation has said.
"The relations with Georgia are not the same as the relations with the Georgian people," Tanayev said, responding to a Trend journalist's question at a press conference in Moscow.
He said that Russia is waiting for a change in Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's policy, but not his resignation.
He said that the Georgian people suffer most of all from lack of air flights and the visa regime between Russia and Georgia.
"The lack of normal relations between the countries hit first and foremost on the people. We must resolve this issue sooner or later," he said.
He said that the main result of the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia was that people have stopped killing each other and have begun to build a normal life.
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.