What threats can developments in Georgia pose to Azerbaijan?
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.5
By Seymur Aliyev - Trend:
The political confrontation in Georgia, simmering for a long time, entered a new stage today. All those who were at the forefront of integration into Europe - the country's defense minister, foreign minister and state minister for European integration - resigned from their posts.
These developments in Georgia are of concern to Azerbaijan, since this country is not only a next-door neighbor, but also one of the strategic political and economic partners of Azerbaijan in the region.
Stability in Georgia and the solidity of the power vertical is of great importance for the bilateral relations, as well as the implemented and planned large economic projects.
In fact, all the regional projects that were initiated by Azerbaijan and involve Georgia are directed towards Europe, and the possible changes in Georgia's political course may affect the attitude of the West to Georgia itself.
All the more so, the transportation links of one of the most important projects for ensuring Europe's energy independency - the Southern Gas Corridor - will run namely through this country.
At the same time, the economic factor remains one of the important elements of Georgia's independence and its ultimate impact on any domestic political process in the country.
Today, Georgia not only plays a role of transit for energy resources and cargoes from the Caspian Sea region to Europe, the country is also a consumer of these goods. Therefore, it is important to keep the implementation of all large regional projects as a priority, firstly for the country itself, since it is one of the conditions of maintaining power by any political force.
The developments in Georgia once again affect the stability of the state and monolithic power. These are the key factors of the country's development and compliance with the adopted political course.
When there is not a monolithic power, the country is torn apart by confrontations and comes under pressure of external actors, which adversely affects its ability to pursue independent policy.
Seymur Aliyev is head of Trend Agency's Russian News Service
Edited by CN