Medvedev: Saakashvili is the problem, not Georgia
Author: By Nino Edilashvili
During a recent visit to Georgia’s Black Sea resort of Anaklia, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili ironically noted how his Russian counterpart was paying entirely “too much” attention to Georgia and especially himself.
While speaking with teenagers participating in the government-funded youth camp entitled Patriotic Camp on August 9, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili remarked that [he thinks] “it’s very abnormal that for more than 39 minutes, [President Dmitri] Medvedev was talking about me.” The president’s press office determined that in the 55 minute-long televised interview, Medvedev dedicated 39 minutes of it to criticizing President Saakashvili.
Russian President Medvedev recorded the interview with three journalists on August 4: Alekhsei Venediktov of the Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy; Ekaterine Kotrikadze of the Tbilisi-based Russian-language PIK channel and Sophie Shevardnadze of Russia Today, Russia’s English-Language TV channel in Sochi on August 4.
This interview, which has caught the media’s attention for the last several days, has once again confirmed that after three years of an almost cold war-like situation between Russia and Georgia, the main topic of discourse is the personality of Saakashvili, rather than any other issue.