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Georgia says adio to CIS

May 11, 2009

Only few hours before the first planned meeting with the opposition leaders in Tbilisi, which asked him publicly to resign since a month, the Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili announced in an interview for radio Eho Moskvî that Georgia withdrew from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He said nevertheless his country will maintain relations with the CIS countries- except for Russia, which does not wants such a cooperation, but its main partner from now on is the European Union. Saakashvili looks forward to more European funding for a couple of projects that would help overcome the current economic and political crisis Georgia is facing.
He has also claimed his confidence in the army and police, saying that his Government will not face anymore a new military uprising, as it was the case last week. The attempt coup d’etat from the military base in Muhrovani – reiterated the Tbilisi leader, was organized by former officers recruited and paid by the Russian forces. Georgia will not respond to the challenge of Moscow, though Russian army built up its permanent presence in the area, concluded Mikhail Saakashvili.

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