Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia

Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia
26 June 2020 213

Georgy Gaharia, the Prime Minister of Georgia called the “Russian occupation” the main challenge for Georgia and its national security speaking in the parliament with an annual report. In his opinion, this is precisely the obstacle to the development of the country. In addition, G. Gaharia laid all responsibility for the situation in the "occupied territories" on Russia, which according to the Prime Minister of Georgia exercises "on-site control" there.

The speech of the Head of the government of Georgia within the walls of parliament carries an obvious political propaganda charge. The Prime Minister, of course, could not help but pay special attention to the international politics and the fight against the “external threat” reporting on the achievements of his cabinet of ministers in the fight against the pandemic and the upcoming elections. Since 2008, the “Russian occupation” has invariably acted as such in Georgia, ostensibly hindering the country's progressive development and prosperity.

It is not surprising that the “Russian threat” demonized by the media has become quite universal in Georgia, surpassing even the threat of the spread of coronavirus. With the help of the notorious “Russian threat”, almost any obstacle or any problem in the country's development can be explained to society. You can easily write off your own mistakes and failures on it. Particularly in demand is the “hand of Moscow” in times of imminent domestic political crises. Of course, the situation in the "occupied territories" of Georgia is also directly linked to mythical Russian influence.

The constant shifting of the responsibility for the state of affairs in the country to external forces is so convenient and politically beneficial that not a single Georgian government is ready to abandon such rhetoric. Moreover, the inevitable long-term costs of this approach are completely overlooked.

The Georgian authorities deliberately cut off any paths to an equal civilized dialogue continuing to create the image of the occupying enemy in the person of Russia, using the long-discredited rhetoric of the times of Saakashvili, inspiring the international community with a distorted idea of Abkhazia and allied Abkhaz-Russian relations.

It is possible to look for the opportunities to normalize relations only in the conditions of termination of the policy of international isolation and the accompanying information war against the Republic of Abkhazia. Otherwise, all the good wishes of Tbilisi will remain wishes.

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