Georgian expert community drew attention to the fact that in the recent Georgian issues no longer valid for the USA. The main factors indicating that are weakening of the Georgian diplomacy and incorrect assessment of the situation in the country from the USA.
The declining interest can be tracked by several political events related to Georgia. For example, the recent visit of Prime Minister George Kvirikashvili in Tehran. He arrived there with the delegation, which included Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of energy of Georgia Kakha Kaladze, Minister of economy and sustainable development Giorgi Gakharia, the head of the Ministry of environment protection and natural resources Gigla Abulashvili, the Minister of agriculture Levan Davitashvili, the Minister of sport and youth Affairs Tariel Khechikashvili and Advisor to Prime Minister on foreign policy Tedo Japaridze.
During negotiations in Iran, there was some progress in the implementation of plans for the joint operation of the Georgian railway, the routes from Iran to Turkey through Azerbaijan and Georgia and through Armenia and Georgia. Moreover, the Prime Minister let slip that, he is ready to sell a 25% stake of the country’s Railways to improve the economic situation of Georgia. Thus, Iran will be able to take under partial control of an important strategic resource of the country. They are already talking about gas supplies from Iran and the wide range of possibilities for cooperation.
And how does the administration of Trump feel about it?
The negative perception of such events with sharp criticism from a number of political and departmental leaders in the US would be quite logical and predictable reaction. However, there has been no intervention followed. The US interest in Georgia has gone and has been replaced by indifference. Washington reduces its economic assistance, and loose interest in political cooperation with Tbilisi. Therefore, the development of Georgian-Iranian relations didn’t cause any serious concern.
Also, the President of the United States Donald Trump cancelled a number of his projects in real estate in Georgia, which indicates a decrease of US interest in the country.
In this way the news are read different that members of the Parliament of Georgia during the meeting with Russian MPs in Moscow proposed to establish a new dialogue format, “Georgia-Russia-NATO” to ensure stability and security in the Caucasus, border security and the joint fight against international terrorism. The initiative came from the Georgian nationalists, in particular, from the “Alliance of patriots” member Ada Marshania. Such statements sound like attempts to keep world attention on her country in this context.
This also applies to Georgia’s participation in the ongoing naval exercises “Sea breeze – 2017”. The media are full of headlines about the fact that Georgia participates in large-scale international events. In fact Tbilisi is presented by one platoon and a couple of people. It looks more like a PR campaign than integration.