Not depriving Russia of voting in PACE is understandable: ex-Georgian president
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 1 / Trend , E.Tariverdiyeva / The fact that Russia was not deprived of voting in the PACE is understandable and normal, said ex-Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze.
"Russia is a big country, it has a lot of gas, forests, oil and other natural resources, and the EU countries do not want to lose the relationship with Russia, Shevardnadze told Trend by telephone from Tbilisi. - It does not mean that the Western countries approve all of Russia's actions and the attitude towards Georgia in the European countries will not change."
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) did not support the initiative of the Georgian side to deprive Russian delegation to the Assembly of the voting right.
According to Shevardnadze, in general, Heidi Tagliavini's objective report on the war in Georgia will not affect the political situation in the country.
"The political situation in Georgia is unlikely to change soon, despite the report of the EU and the situation in the PACE," he said
For a long time, many people in Georgia have been demanding Mikhail Saakashvili's resignation from the post of president, but he will not resign for two years until the end of his presidency term, according to Shevardnadze.
Commission Tagliavini gave Russia and Georgia sides of your report on the reasons the war began. As stated immediately after receipt of the document Russia's permanent representative to the EU Chizhov, the report explicitly accused Georgia that first went to war against Russia and made the first shot.
Tagliavini's commission presented to Russian and Georgian sides the report on the reasons of the war. Immediately after receiving the document, Russian ambassador to EU Vladimir Chizhov said that in the report Georgia is definitely accused that it first started war against Russia and made the first shooting.
The representative of Georgia to the EU Salome Samadashvili strongly disagrees with interpretations that were presented to journalists by his Russian colleague regarding EU commission's report establishing the causes of the Georgian-Russia war in August 2008. "Assessment and interpretation by ambassador Vladimir Chizhov were incorrect," she said.
"We can already say that we agree with the facts stipulated in the document, but we protest against the interpretation of these facts. In any case, it needs to more attentively study the document, but it does not say that Georgia started war," she said.