Georgia supporting Belarus in its “battle” with Russia 13:58, 20/09/2007
Meeting of internal minister of Georgia Vano Merabishvili with Alyaksandr Lukashenka does not mean that the official Tbilisi changed its attitude to supporting democracy in Belarus. That was declared by the deputy of the Georgian parliament, head of the Georgian delegation to the PACE Giga Bokeria. ”No changing of attitudes is foreseen”, Bokeria remarked in his interview with the Georgian mass media. “We support the Belarusian people in their intentions to elect their government “. Meanwhile, according to the deputy, Georgia supports Belarus as “the country towards which the Russian aggression has been noticeable over last year”.
As Bokeria declared, the visit of Merabishvili to Belarus had definite aims including opening of the embassy of Georgia in Minsk and purchasing of agricultural products in Belarus.” We are going to continue purchasing products. It’s beneficial to us”.
According to Bokeria, next week the parliament will approve David Zalkalyan as the ambassador of Georgia to Belarus. Until now he was the ambassador of Georgia to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
It is to be mentioned that during the meeting of Alyaksandr Lukashenka with internal minister of Georgia Ivane Merabishvili in Minsk this week, the sides declared their decision to restore and deepen friendly relations between the countries. Lukashenka declared that presently he “established good relations with president of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili, offered to increase volumes of bi-lateral trade up to USD 100 million. All that has been perceived as a painful “sting” to Moscow, unambiguous reply of Minsk to the Russian”gas ultimatums”.
The Belarusian governor and Georgian minister declared their readiness to master considerable potentials of economic cooperation of both countries. Moreover, Merabishvili referred to the positive experience of cooperation in the agricultural sphere mentioning that Georgia purchases 90% of the agricultural facilities from Belarus. Tbilisi experts suppose that the economic cooperation of both countries has got the real chance of returning to the Belarusian market. Yesterday “possible re-direction of the Georgian wine deliveries from Russia to Belarus”, was declared in the agricultural ministry of Georgia.