12 March 2014, 15:13
Ukraine situation will not speed up Georgia’s admission to NATO – Ivanishvili’s ex-advisor
The negative developments in Ukraine are unlikely to speed up Georgia’s accession to NATO, said Gia Khukhashvili, Director at the Georgian Development Research Institute.
“Of course, theoretically one can imagine that Crimea’s annexation to Russia will push Western leaders towards a decision to include Georgia in the MAP (NATO Membership Action Plan) program, but this is a theory; in reality, the NATO doors have been open for Georgia for ten years now but these are some strange doors through which there is no way to enter,” the former advisor of the now ex-prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said.
All this talk about granting Georgia the MAP program at this year’s forthcoming NATO summit is “muscle-flexing,” Khukhashvili said.
“Such claims are counter-propaganda against the Russian position with respect of Crimea. Besides, accelerating the process of Georgia’s accession to NATO at this stage could really create additional problems for it, again on Russia’s part,” Khukhashvili said.
In light of the events in Ukraine, the Georgian leadership must act “very cautiously and pragmatically,” he said.