Gharibashvili on CNBC: ‘More provocations from Russia to come’
23 January, 2014
Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili attended World Economic Forum in Davos. Afterwards he was interviewed by CNBC journalist. He talked about pushing the borders by Russia and expressed his concern over situation in Ukraine.
"We expect pressure from Russia; I wouldn't exclude it," he said, but he emphasized that unlike Ukraine, his nation had less dependence on Russia and therefore he was not as concerned.
"We've been facing problems last year, a war in 2008, even this year we've
had a number of provocations along the occupation line and therefore we expect to have more provocations but I wouldn't say there will be no pressure from them. But we are less dependent on Russia and therefore the risks are minimum."
Gharibashvili was speaking after his country this week criticized Moscow for expanding its border deeper into Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia that is next to Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are soon to be held.
There has been no diplomatic relations between the two former Soviet republics since a brief conflict in August 2008. Georgian athletes will attend the Winter Olympics, but no delegates from the country will travel to Sochi.
Despite the conflict, Georgia has tried to mend its relationship with Russia. Gharibashvili said that both he and his predecessor have attempted to normalize their dealings with Vladimir Putin.
However, while cultural and trade relations have improved, it is the political sphere which continues to cause strain, the CNBC infomrs.
Russia is at the center of the current demonstrations in Kiev. Ukraine's pro-EU opposition leaders issued an ultimatum to President Viktor Yanukovych, after talks failed to resolve the political stalemate. Yanukovych favors closer ties with Russia rather than Europe.
"We do hope that both the leadership of Ukraine and the members of the opposition will find a way to agree. We condemn the violence," Gharibashvili said.

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