Georgia explained why the idea of ​​bribing Ossetians and Abkhazians failed

The failed initiative “Step to a Better Future”, which implied a number of controversial preferences for the residents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, became Georgia’s “last full step” on the way to resolving the conflict.

Giorgi Mchedlishvili, an employee of the University of Europe, told about this in a commentary on the Voice of America radio station.

The program “Step to a Better Future” was presented in Tbilisi 2 years ago. Then it was supported by the United States, as well as the countries of the European Union. The program involved the liberalization of trade relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia; creating additional educational opportunities; visa-free travel to the EU. In practice, the program turned out to be unrealizable, so it was soon forgotten.

Mchedlishvili, in turn, argues that the problem is not at all that Georgians themselves have problems with travel to the EU and trade, and educational initiatives are not feasible due to the language barrier. According to him, the Georgian authorities spent a lot of energy on internal political confrontation.

“Georgia first spent a lot of strength and energy, as well as political resources on the presidential elections. Then a political confrontation began over the so-called. Gavrilov night [anti-Russian protests in June 2019]. Then the pre-election campaign began before the November parliamentary elections, ”, – Mchedlishvili explained.

He admitted that now both Georgia and its “Western partners” have no time for Abkhazia and South Ossetia.