Belarus President intends to discuss Georgia’s return to CIS with country leaders
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko intends to discuss the possibility of Georgia's return to the CIS in some capacity with the country's leaders. This was stated by him at a press conference for representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media, BelTA reports.
"We have not publicized it, but I have had consultations with a certain number of people on this issue. Not as a politician, but as a human being I was saying that such a move would not contradict any Georgian policy. Georgia would return to the CIS in several steps. It may return as an observer. The most important is that they join us, and the President, Prime Minister and ministers get involved in the commonwealth's relevant structures and overall process", Alexander Lukashenko said.
"I held consultations and negotiations on this issue with many influential political figures. But at present I don't see any ardent desire on the part of Georgia's leaders to move in this direction. And you see public statements saying that the idea is not on the agenda and so on", stated the Belarusian President.
In his words, among other things such reactions testify to the West's unwillingness to see Georgia return to the Commonwealth of Independent States. "Before speaking about it I thought that it would be kind of a test for Georgia's leadership. If you don't want to return to the CIS in some manner, you may be too attached to something in the West".