Financial Times: West Georgia disappointed and pushed her to Russia

Georgia’s attempts to join NATO and the EU remain unsuccessful. Georgians are beginning to wonder whether such beneficial cooperation with the West, and is not it better to re-engage with Russia, writes the Financial Times.

West is showing less commitment to integration with Georgia than disappointing residents of the country, writes Financial Times.

Last September, at the NATO summit in Cardiff Georgia had not been offered an action plan for joining the alliance. In turn, the European Union is not going to simplify the visa regime with the country, and the benefits of association with the EU ordinary Georgians have never felt.

Georgian Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili is convinced that the presence of the desire for integration with the West should not ask the Georgian and Western leaders.

“World politics has taught me that the smaller the country, the less it has rights to disappointment - Usupashvili explained his position. - We need to delete the word” disappointment “from your vocabulary.”

However, Georgians feel exactly disappointing, writes FT. This feeling, in turn, enables us to strengthen Russian influence.

“From the West we need a carrot. There is a sense that we are trying, but nothing happens. But Russia is already here”, - said political analyst Eka Metreveli.

US National Democratic Institute (NDI) has published data from a survey, according to which membership in the Eurasian Union prefers to have 31% of the population of Georgia - twice more than the previous year.

The conflict in Ukraine, said the FT, changed the attitude of the citizens of Georgia to Russia.

“Many Georgians perceive Europe as weak and indecisive. And Putin looks like a strong man who gets her. And people think, and what are the benefits of giving Europe? Perhaps stupidly so hard to resist Russia”, - says political analyst Gia Nodia.

His role was played by the victory in the 2012 elections the coalition “Georgian Dream”, which seeks to integrate Western and to restore relations with Moscow.

Lifting of the ban on imports into Russia of a number of Georgian goods contributed to the growth of the economy. In addition, Georgian farmers began to see a promising market in Russia, not the EU.

Georgian politicians and experts also note the strengthening of pro-Russian political groups, such as the “Eurasian Choice - Georgia”. This coalition of NGOs has about 16 thousand people.

According to analysts, the pro-Russian party is not likely to win the elections in 2016. However, they are able to form a minority sufficient to control the parliament has not passed into the hands of pro-Western parties.

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