Vladimir Zhirinovsky estimates the latest events in Adzharia as the defeat of Russia in the Caucasus region.
This will result in unfavorable consequences for Russia for long-term perspective – Georgia will remain instability zone, said Vladimir Zhirinovsky in a Newsinfo interview.
Newsinfo Your opinion on the latest events in Georgia – resignation of leader of Adzaria autonomous republic Aslan Abashidze?
Vladimir Zhirinovsky Historically, Georgia has been a burden for Russian empire and the Soviet Union. This is the zone of corruption and conflicts, the collapse of the USSR was started in Georgia and followed with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, then it reached Moscow and all regions. Georgia’s being in Russian state was a major mistake.
This continues today, we are still sponsoring Georgia. This is very convenient for them. They receive money from Moscow and Washington and do nothing. They have never been able to do anything, they have always had a rest, I lived there for 2 years and know what I am saying. This nation likes to eat, drink and play football, and this is it. Then they can complain, cry and call to Moscow and Washington, receive some gifts and continue enjoying themselves. This incapable area is going to have conflicts forever. Leader of Adzaria Aslan Abashidze withdrew to Russia temporarily, there are many Georgian emigrants here, 800,000 Georgians, many of Georgian intelligentsia. They all were in opposition to previous Georgian leaders Gamsakhurdia and Shevarnadze, currently they will be in opposition to Saakashvili. Georgia brought Russia only losses.
Newsinfo What do you think about future developments in Georgia and Caucasus region?
Vladimir Zhirinovsky Saakashvili is excited about his victory in “velvet revolution” in Tbilisi and making the leader of Adzaria to resign. He is going to advance to Abkhazia and then to Southern Osetia, and Russia will have new refugees from these regions. Moscow is making mistakes. No way it should have allowed Saakashvili to do this, Moscow should have had tough position to Saakashvili. He overthrew President Shevarnadze, this was against the law, overthrew leader of Adzharia autonomous republic, and is going to dismiss other elected leaders in Abkhazia and Southern Osetia. He is winning, we are losing. Moscow supports this policy and thinks that united Georgia will not support Chechen terrorists. This is an illusion, Georgia will not change its policy! Georgia will join NATO soon, NATO troops will be deployed there to encourage instability in the Caucasus region from the South. This will result in instability not only in Chechnya, but also in Karachaevo-Cherkesia region, which will be far worse than the Chechen problem. Then Azerbaijan will join NATO and will “put us on fire” through Dagestan republic bordering Chechnya. We will be losing until major war breaks out in the Northern Caucasus, and this region will be separated from Russia. This is the kind of “velvet revolution” we are going to have.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now