Partnership With Russia Unanticipated - Georgian Defense Minister
in 2008 Georgia launched a military offensive against the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It caused escalation of tensions between Russia and Georgia, resulting in a five-day war.
"It has become absolutely clear that there is no partnership to be expected from Russia, no reliable, predictable partnership," Georgian Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli said during a press conference at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Khidasheli stressed that after the 2008 conflict, "Russia was considered as a partner again."
She pointed to alleged Russian involvement in the Ukrainian conflict as the key reason why there is no "illusion Russia could be a partner in any way." Moscow has denied military involvement in this conflict and has played a critical role in attempts to broker a ceasefire in the ongoing civil conflict.