French president’s visit turning point in Georgia-EU relations
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct.4 / Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit will be a turning point in the relations between Georgia and the EU, Georgian presidential spokesperson Manana Manjgaladze said on Tuesday.
She said Sarkozy stood near Georgia during the hardest and most difficult period for Georgia, during the August 2008 events.
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 on Sept. 9, 2008. Georgia's autonomous regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia unilaterally declared independence from Georgia after the August 2008 war.
As Manjgaladze said, Sarkozy's visit to Georgia is an evidence of France and the whole Europe's special support to the country. "I hope that the Georgian public will have an opportunity make sure of it when the Georgian and French presidents will appeal to our people on the Freedom Square on Oct.7," Manjgaladze said.
She said the reason for Sarkozy's visit is associated with quite a different theme - the Georgian-French relations and bilateral interests between Georgia and the EU.
Manjgaladze stressed that President Sarkozy has been actively involved in a six-point agreement in August 2008, and based on this, Russia will be one of the main topics of talks of the two presidents.