Monday 5 January 2004
January 05, 2004
Georgia: Moscow Watches Warily As Saakashvili Comes To Power
Moscow is reputed to be wary of Georgia's new president, Mikheil Saakashvili, a U.S.-educated lawyer who is openly pro-Western in his views. Since Eduard Shevardnadze's forced resignation in November, Tbilisi's relations with its powerful neighbor have gone on a roller-coaster ride of mutual accusations and promises to cooperate. How will Saakashvili's presidency affect Moscow's long-term ambitions in the region?