Saakashvili: hopes of Georgia joining NATO "almost dead"

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Saakashvili: hopes of Georgia joining NATO "almost dead"

The president said in the interview that after a "psychological turnaround" he realized his task was to modernize Georgia. He said his plan was to deepen democracy and ensure a peaceful transition of power when he steps down in 2013.

He also called the hopes of Georgia joining NATO "almost dead."

"It's tragic," he said. "It means the Russians fought for the right reasons."

Before the August war, Mr. Saakashvili spoke confidently of his country's accession to NATO and the European Union, and its imminent reunification with the two breakaway regions -- South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Now, the president says achieving all three goals seems unlikely any time soon.

Georgia's President Vows Changes - WSJ.com
 

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