Russia’s Key Task is to Provoke Georgia before Bucharest Summit – Speaker

Georgia Materials 11 March 2008 20:55 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, 11 March / Trend corr N. Kirtskhalia/ A recent statement by the Russian President clearly shows that we are close to success, the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Nino Burdzhanadze said in a meeting on 11 March.

On 8 March, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said after his meeting with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the issue of Ukraine and Georgia joining NATO by should be solved by the two countries' nations, not the political elite.

"It is no surprise that the statement was made when Brussels was holding a NATO ministerial meeting," Burdzhanadze said.

She said that the main task for Russia is to provoke Georgia before the Bucharest summit.

As a result of a referendum on 5 January, 78% of the Georgian population voted for joining NATO.