In a provocative speech to the UN General Assembly on September 25, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili read out a long condemnation of Russia’s politics in the former Soviet space. Saakashvili warned UN delegates that the Russian-backed Eurasian Union was being shaped by “ex-KGB officers in Moscow” and was primarily a tool to maintain influence over former Soviet republics.
“Everywhere, the Empire has always inflamed the relations between subjugated people and separated them by a wall of fanatical antagonism.”
“An old Empire is trying to reclaim its bygone borders. Unlike most nations, the Russian Federation has no interest in having stable states surrounding it,” Saakashvili said.
Saakhashvili accused Russia of fomenting homophobia as part of an effort to undermine societies in neighboring countries.
“[Russian] mouthpieces in our respective countries identify the European Union with the destruction of family values, the erosion of national traditions and the promotion of gays and lesbians, undermining our traditional religions.”
“[We] hear that our traditions are collapsing under the influence of the West, that Christian holidays will be replaced by gay pride events, and Churches by multicultural Disney Lands.”
Russia’s UN delegation walked out of the General Assembly hall out of protest.
The Free Republic quoted Russia’s UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, who slammed Saakashvili’s speech as “Russophobic” and said, according to the Russian state-run English-language channel Russia Today: “Luckily for Georgian people, this man – whose mental state needs a professional expertise – is in the twilight of his political career.”
Churkin went on to say that the speech was a “train of crackpot thoughts that were not simply of an anti-Russian, but of a Russophobe, and anti-Orthodox, nature.”
(Sources: www.civil.ge, AFP)