First Channel of the Belarusian TV July 15 in prime time showed a 12-minute interview with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. Most of the questions focused on the problematic issues in a relationship with a third party, Russia — as the most for Georgia and Belarus.
Even before the airing of an interview with Russian State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov called this an act of official Minsk unfriendly towards Russia.
Mikhail Saakashvili once said that the Georgian great sympathy for the people of Belarus, Belarus actually called European nation, a friendly Georgian.
"We went through different periods in the CIS (now we're not in the CIS), but it turned out that when he had
support each other, Belarus has always supported us. When Russia declared an embargo of our products, and I went to the CIS summit in Minsk, the summit was our mineral water, and the banquet was our wine. We have the most intense air traffic is with Minsk, there is the simple procedure and the climate in the country, which attracts. "
Speaking on the topic of non-recognition of Belarus of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Saakashvili said that the issue of his still care about:
"At its time Russia strongly pressed on Belarus in this matter, and I think that continues to press, achieving recognition
Russia occupied our lands … There was a group of Belarusian deputies of the Belarusian parliament, they are very serious about this issue came up. They met with the refugees, they shared their grief, studied the situation, so I think that Belarus is wise. "
Regarding the difficult relations with Russia, Saakashvili said that Georgia all the time wants to go forward, but Moscow demands more and more concessions. Saakashvili accused Russia of imperial manners:
"I think that the situation is quite familiar to all other neighbors of Russia, which is ready to talk with your neighbor only through pressure and blackmail, threatening that it will be worse."
Saakashvili called himself perhaps the last leader of Georgia, which is free to quote Pushkin, Yesenin and Brodsky, since due to the current exclusion entirely new Georgian leadership will not understand Russian.
"This is a policy that leads to a deadlock. I wish them well, and I think that good for them in the formation of modern Russia, rather than a feudal and medieval Russia, to which some are pushing Russia and lead."
A key issue for BT Saakashvili began his relationship to the information pressure from Moscow to Georgia and Belarus. According to Saakashvili, he accidentally saw a Russian television showed recently on the country and its leader:
"If you roll in all sorts of accusations of cannibalism almost accuse Belarusian leaders, and this is done with the country where the
recently killed a man whom I greatly respected, Anna Politkovskaya, the murderers were not found, and in the North Caucasus, tens of thousands of people have disappeared … And suddenly discovered that in 90 years, "cannibals" divorced in Minsk — of course it's sad. It has a certain flavor of the propaganda war. "
Saakashvili was referring to the accusations against Alexander Lukashenko, has recently voiced by the NTV channel, such that the Belarusian president was involved in the disappearances of his opponents.
Today in Tbilisi during a joint press conference with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Saakashvili also said that all the six member countries of the EU "Eastern Partnership" ready to create a joint common platform that will help them not only in the integration of with Europe, but also to withstand the pressures and blackmail that they experience on the part of Russia.