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    Vladimir Zhirinovsky: Georgia brings trouble to Russia

    Pravda, Russia
    MAy 10 2004

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky estimates the latest events in Adzharia as the
    defeat of Russia in the Caucasus region.

    This will result in unfavorable consequences for Russia for long-term
    perspective - Georgia will remain instability zone, said Vladimir
    Zhirinovsky in a Newsinfo interview.

    Newsinfo Your opinion on the latest events in Georgia - resignation
    of leader of Adzaria autonomous republic Aslan Abashidze?

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky Historically, Georgia has been a burden for
    Russian empire and the Soviet Union. This is the zone of corruption
    and conflicts, the collapse of the USSR was started in Georgia and
    followed with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, then it reached Moscow
    and all regions. Georgia's being in Russian state was a major mistake.

    This continues today, we are still sponsoring Georgia. This is very
    convenient for them. They receive money from Moscow and Washington and
    do nothing. They have never been able to do anything, they have always
    had a rest, I lived there for 2 years and know what I am saying. This
    nation likes to eat, drink and play football, and this is it. Then
    they can complain, cry and call to Moscow and Washington, receive some
    gifts and continue enjoying themselves. This incapable area is going to
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    there are many Georgian emigrants here, 800,000 Georgians, many of
    Georgian intelligentsia. They all were in opposition to previous
    Georgian leaders Gamsakhurdia and Shevarnadze, currently they will
    be in opposition to Saakashvili. Georgia brought Russia only losses.

    Newsinfo What do you think about future developments in Georgia and
    Caucasus region?

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky Saakashvili is excited about his victory in
    "velvet revolution" in Tbilisi and making the leader of Adzaria
    to resign. He is going to advance to Abkhazia and then to Southern
    Osetia, and Russia will have new refugees from these regions. Moscow is
    making mistakes. No way it should have allowed Saakashvili to do this,
    Moscow should have had tough position to Saakashvili. He overthrew
    President Shevarnadze, this was against the law, overthrew leader of
    Adzharia autonomous republic, and is going to dismiss other elected
    leaders in Abkhazia and Southern Osetia. He is winning, we are losing.
    Moscow supports this policy and thinks that united Georgia will not
    support Chechen terrorists. This is an illusion, Georgia will not
    change its policy! Georgia will join NATO soon, NATO troops will be
    deployed there to encourage instability in the Caucasus region from
    the South. This will result in instability not only in Chechnya,
    but also in Karachaevo-Cherkesia region, which will be far worse
    than the Chechen problem. Then Azerbaijan will join NATO and will
    "put us on fire" through Dagestan republic bordering Chechnya. We
    will be losing until major war breaks out in the Northern Caucasus,
    and this region will be separated from Russia. This is the kind of
    "velvet revolution" we are going to have.