One need not look further than today’s edition of the Times of London to find the degeneration of dialogue between Georgia and Russia. I will let the quotes speak for themselves…
In an article headlined, “Vladimir Putin wants to see Mikheil Saakashvili hanged ‘by the balls'”, we have the following:
President Medvedev has set out the Kremlin’s policy just as graphically, calling Mr Saakashvili a “political corpse” who “no longer exists in our eyes”. He told Western analysts that his Georgian counterpart was “mentally unstable”.
Same day, another article with the headline, “Mikheil Saakashvili says Russia started war to gain energy supplies”:
“This is Georgian territory and this is bulls**t that we started war in our territory! We didn’t attack Russia. We didn’t go there and bomb Moscow,” Mr Saakashvili told The Times. “If there are idiots who say we started the war, they are wrong.”
“They want to do Checkpoint Charlie in my own country, exactly 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.”
“I do not know what is playing out in Vladimir Putin’s [the Russian Prime Minister’s] head. I think everybody but him wants peace.”
Pardon me, but I just can’t help thinking about a certain exchange between two other adversaries of years past: