Why is Moscow so unnerving Georgia-Belarus warming?

This question tries to answer in his article in the journal "Georgian daily" journalist David Ibery.

In early July, the presidents of Georgia and Belarus, Mikhail Saakashvili and Alexander Lukashenko met in the Crimea during a short trip to Ukraine Georgian leader.

According to the press service of the President of Georgia, Saakashvili and Lukashenko discussed "bilateral relations and economic cooperation," and expressed his satisfaction with the "deepening of the dialogue between the two countries."

Later, on July 15, Belarusian state television aired an interview with the president of Georgia — a risky move for the head of Belarus, whose relations with the Kremlin, particularly deteriorated in recent months.

The rapprochement with Georgia — the answer Moscow

Lukashenko for the development of relations with Georgia was a response to a smear campaign that Moscow began against him recently. The Kremlin suddenly remembered "that terrible things" allegedly took place in Belarus in 90 years, and have authorized the broadcasting of two documentary propaganda tapes, called "The Godfather."

For Tbilisi, it is important that Belarus continues to support Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, even under strong pressure from Russia. Another factor is the interest of Georgia in the development of trade and economic cooperation with Belarus and Belarusian attracting tourists to Georgia. The two countries may soon sign a comprehensive agreement on economic cooperation and establish a permanent intergovernmental commission.

Belarus' decision to advise their citizens' security 'when visiting Russian-occupied Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) — another reason to Tbilisi approve "bold stance" of Minsk.

Russian commentators reacted angrily

Political analysts and commentators close to the Kremlin and the Russian politicians have reacted angrily to a meeting between Saakashvili and Lukashenko, and the interview Saakashvili on Belarusian TV.

One analyst told the news agency Regnum: "It is clear that Saakashvili is completely unacceptable to Moscow … and the fact that Lukashenko, who is officially an ally of Russia, held talks with him, demonstrates the strong dissatisfaction Belarus Moscow." Another political commentator, said in an interview with Regnum, that Lukashenko met with the Georgian leader was "absolutely meaningless, especially given the profound physiological hostility that Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev demonstrate against Saakashvili"

Boris Gryzlov, Chairman of the State Duma of Russia, said that the interview Saakashvili on Belarusian TV will not benefit relations between Belarus and Russia. "Those who provide the opportunity to feel Saakashvili president … can not hope to improve relations with Russia," — said Gryzlov.

After the Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008 and the occupation of 20% of the territory of Georgia, senior Russian officials almost never openly referred to the president of the Georgian leader and, apparently, require the same approach from its allies.

Georgia is looking for new allies

In parallel with the strengthening of ties with the United States and Europe, Tbilisi stepped up its diplomatic efforts to diversify their trade and economic relations. Georgia plans to open an embassy in Brazil and Mexico.

After, as Venesuela and Nicaragua have recognized the independence of the occupied regions of Georgia, Tbilisi concluded what you need more diplomatic efforts in this part of the world. But the significance of the post-Soviet space can not be overstated, given the traditional Moscow's influence in the region.

Although Georgia is not included in the CIS, it tends to have good relations with individual members of the CIS in order to win the support of both its sovereignty and to develop economic cooperation and attract investment from resource-rich countries in the region. Horizontal links between Georgia and the CIS countries irritate Moscow, which sees them as a threat to their traditional influence in its former Soviet satellites.

Instead of recognizing the rights of Russian spheres of influence, the leader of Belarus openly defied Moscow, shaking the hand of the main enemy of the Kremlin Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, and then showing an interview with him on national television.

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