Ex-president: Russia to join NATO before Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 29 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgia's joining NATO is a distant prospect, ex-Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said in an interview today with the Asaval-Dasavali weekly.
Shevardnadze stressed that Georgia did not achieve much progress at the Lisbon summit.
"Once again, we were promised to join NATO, but nothing specific was stated," he said. "The authorities' statements in this regard do not correspond to reality."
Moreover, Shevardnadze expressed his belief that Russia will become a NATO member before Georgia.
"I believe this will happen," he said. "NATO and the EU are ready to accept Russia into the alliance to atone for their support for Georgia after August 2008. I do not know how Russia will respond."
Shevardnadze added that Russia's entry into NATO would only benefit Georgia, as it would contribute to the reconciliation of these two countries.