Angela Stent, a professor at Georgetown University, says there is a great deal of bipartisan support for Georgia in the United States, but the degree of that support also depends on how widespread corruption is in the country, how the government treats the opposition and how the country treats Russia. Stent says that America must believe that there is an equal responsibility between the two countries and that Georgia is always ready for an honest and honest dialogue with the United States. VOA journalist Ia Meurmishvili spoke to Angela Stant.
Angela Stent, a professor at Georgetown University, says the Biden administration does not want to reset relations with Russia. “I do not think the Biden administration has any expectation that if US relations with Russia change, US-Russian relations will improve. The relationship will not improve. Before invading the Capitol on January 6, the Russians were repeating conspiracy theories that the US election had been rigged. “They also did not recognize Biden’s victory until the last minute,” Stent said.
Asked what he expects from the development of US-Georgia relations, Stent said, “This administration will generally pay more attention to Georgia and Ukraine than it did to the previous administration. Georgia has many supporters in the Biden administration. Georgia also has bipartisan support in Congress, which means it’s not just Democrats. I think engagement with Georgia will continue. But in this country there are questions about the ongoing political processes in Georgia, about the relations of Georgians with Russia. In general, the support for Georgia and its Euro-Atlantic integration has not changed and it will remain in force. ”
The Biden administration faces the greatest challenges, be it a pandemic or internal social, racial and political polarization. Given these difficulties, the question is often asked about how much attention and energy the administration devotes to small countries like Georgia. Stent hopes this will be possible.
“I hope it will be possible, but I do not know yet. America will try to divert attention properly, but we should not have high expectations at first.
In order to further deepen relations with the White House and bring it closer to the United States, Stent believes that Georgia should “continue to engage and communicate with the Biden administration.” It is also good to know that there is bipartisan support for Georgia in the United States. But the quality of this support also depends on how Georgia behaves within the country. This includes issues that we have known for a long time, such as the prevalence of corruption in the country, how the government treats members of the opposition, the country’s relationship with Russia, and whether this relationship is as transparent as possible. There is a great resource of bipartisan support for Georgia. “But in America you have to believe that there is equal responsibility between the two countries and that Georgia is always ready for an honest and honest dialogue with the United States.”