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FPC Briefing: Time for Georgia to become European

Article by Denis MacShane MP

July 6, 2012

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As Vladimir Putin broods in the Kremlin wondering what his next foreign policy moves should be, is Georgia on his mind? The small Black Sea and Caucasus state has always been a bother for Russia. With its 3,000 years of history and one of the oldest languages in the world, the heady mix of ski-able mountains and tropical coastal resorts, the mélange of nationalities – Georgian, Armenian, Azeri, Turkic, Abkhazian, Ossetian (the best conductor in England, the LSO ‘s Valery Gergiev, is Ossetian) with minority languages and religions in addition to one of the oldest orthodox churches in the world, Georgia is the most exotic of all the nations that once formed part of the Tsarist then Soviet imperium.

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