Former Georgian president does not envision renewed threat of war
Georgia, Tbilisi, Aug. 15 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
"At present, I do not foresee the danger of a renewed Georgian-Russian war", former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said, commenting during the third anniversary of the Georgian-Russian war.
"This possibility, in my opinion, is unlikely, since Russia no longer needs this war", Shevardnadze said.
At the same time he called the Georgian president's pedaling of a "United Caucasus" idea in recent years "dangerous", and a nuisance to Russia.
Shevardnadze believes that alliances created on a simple neighborhood theory usually do not prove invulnerable. "For example, take the feeble example of such a unity as the CIS; this is an alliance of neighbors, but not of allies", he stressed.
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 the regions on Sept. 9, 2008.