“You will never be alone” - with these words president of Ukraine addressed Georgian people from Rustaveli Avenue in August 2008, when Russia invaded Georgia and Viktor Yushchenko, along with other European leaders, came to Tbilisi in the middle of an ongoing war to support Georgia’s sovereignty.
President Yushchenko’s words not only express support but also describe the reality. We can’t be alone in the face of Russian aggression because undermining Georgia’s sovereignty has never been the sole purpose of the Kremlin. Russia’s ruler regards the collapse of the Soviet Union as the genuine tragedy of the Russian people and the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century. Therefore he is trying to revise history by destroying the sovereignty of every post-soviet state, either through vassal regimes or a broad military intervention. This way, he is thriving towards cold-war period influence.
Today, it’s Ukraine that is the target of imminent Russian military aggression, but it’s not only a threat towards Ukraine. It concerns us as well.
Sadly, it must be regarded as the success of the Kremlin that the current governing regime of Georgia, instead of openly supporting the Ukrainian people and taking relevant actions, is shamefully silent, issuing only meek, shallow tweets.
Russian foreign office even issued an exceptionally cynical statement, expressing hope that Georgians learned their lesson and will, therefore, pursue a balanced course, as if we have disavowed freedom and a chance to become a fully pledged member of the free world.
We should not be deluded by the notion that the current government's policy of silence is pragmatic and, therefore, will save us from Russian aggression. Quite the opposite, by silencing ourselves, we’re aiding Russia to gradually achieve its strategic goal to undermine the sovereignty of its neighboring states, including ours.
Regrettably, neither European Georgia nor any other opposition party can diminish the harm done to our national interests by Ivanishvili’s regime until we replace it.
But before then, we, the European Georgia, find it necessary to respond to the cynicism of the Russian government. On Wednesday, 26th of January, at 22:00, we will hold a special event in front of the former building of the Russian Embassy, and we invite all the like-minded citizens to join us.
Слава Україні! ბოროტსა სძლია კეთილმან!