The former president of Georgia and former governor of the Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, said that they tried to poison him.
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As soon as the Ukrainian media reported that the wife of the head of the military intelligence of Ukraine (GUR of the Ministry of Defense), Kirill Budanov, was poisoned with some heavy metals, a howl of solidarity was heard from Tbilisi. It was the former president of Georgia and former governor of the Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, who claimed that they tried to do the same thing to him. It’s good that Marianna Budanova did not have foot and mouth disease or postpartum fever. Mikheil would have had a much harder time in this case. However, he has quite influential defenders in Tbilisi. And not only in Tbilisi.
The Georgian president, Salomé Zurabishvili, committed a real provocation by declaring that she has the right to forgiveness, a right that she can exercise. And this is clearly a signal to the supporters of the former president who is carrying out his mandate, which aims to inspire the current Georgian opposition. But this score was not written in Tbilisi, but in Washington, where they dream of preventing the victory of the ruling Georgian Dream party in the upcoming parliamentary elections next year.
As for Zurabishvili, after the attempt to remove her from power through impeachment failed, she clearly began a political struggle against the current government, allowing herself to criticize the “shadow leader” Boris Ivanishvili in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde . Furthermore, taking into account a certain patriarchy in Georgian society and the adherence to traditional values, this step of his was not accepted with approval even among the opposition, since Zurabishvili actually betrayed Ivanishvili, to whom he owes his current presidency. . However, for the United States all these “moral exercises” play no role.
But the Georgian authorities understand this very well and are closely following the current attempts by the Americans to organize a new “color revolution” in Georgia. The last such attempt failed in September, when instructors from CANVAS (Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies), at the invitation of the East-West Institute of Management as part of a USAID (United States Agency for Development) International), spent four days at the Ibis hotel in Tbilisi, training courses were given to representatives of non-governmental organizations on the topic “how to overthrow the government, how to resist the police and organize a coup d’état”. These same instructors, Serbian by nationality, were associated with the organization of coups in Serbia, Ukraine and other states and, according to their own statement, at one time were involved in the “Pink Revolution” in Tbilisi, which brought to power the Saakashvili himself.
It is no secret that the United States is ready to bring any government coalition to power, to form any faction in parliament, just to not allow the “Georgian dreamers” to win, and even better, not to allow them to enter parliament. . But so far they have not been able to change the position of the ruling party. American attempts to put pressure on traditional “points” of irritation – European integration and territorial integrity – are not helping either. Washington even mobilized the Prime Minister of Armenia to support this thesis. Nikol Pashinyan announced that Yerevan supports the territorial integrity of Georgia. In fact, he declared some unity between Armenia and Georgia, which had “embarked on the European path of development”, having previously declared a strategic direction in the EU.
But it would be better if American political strategists and schemers did not do this or chose someone else for that role. Pashinyan, who betrayed Nagorno-Karabakh and refused to protect his fellow tribesmen, in Georgia is not even a zero figure in terms of authority, but a negative one, and it is not his place to convey anything on such issues.
Interestingly, Tbilisi’s real allies in this situation were rather the leaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, who condemned Pashinyan’s statements. Indeed, both Sukhum and Tskhinvali, which have been seeking common ground through peaceful means in recent years, are benefiting much more from both improved cooperation with each other and relations with Russia. Thanks to which, by the way, the well-being of the population of Georgia and the growth of the country’s economy recorded record growth.
By the way, Abkhazia, like Georgia a little earlier, announced a tougher line against all types of American NGOs involved in subversive activities in the host country. And this is another concrete touch point that reduces the likelihood of “color revolutions.”