Georgia and Russia: From Uneasy Rapprochement to Divorce?

Kornely Kakachia
Tbilisi State University
When Bidzina Ivanishvili became Georgia’s prime minister following the victory of hisGeorgian Dream (GD) coalition in October 2012 parliamentary elections, he promised todramatically improve Georgian-Russian relations.  The announcement of this “reset” bythe new Georgian government must have delighted the Kremlin. The new foreign policyapproach also ignited a robust debate among Georgia pundits about how the newpolitical situation in Georgia can affect Russian-Georgian relations, which had hit rockbottom due to the 2008 war.

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