"My goal is to make Georgia more active on the international map," said the newly elected president Salome Zourabichvili during an interview with news agency "Reuters".
Salome Zourabichvili spoke about her plans and relations with Russia.
Zurabishvili said she wanted Georgia to be seen “not only through the Russian prism”, but as an ancient country that had a lot to offer to the rest of the world. Raising its profile on its own would in turn help Georgia counter Russia.
“To make Georgia more present is also a way to make Russia less influential in our relations with European partners,” she said. “I’m convinced that we can ask much more from our European partners ... and I intend to be a more demanding partner for Europeans as well as for our NATO partners.”
Zurabishvili said she would aim to use her new role to reconcile Georgia’s divided society, but said the opposition’s call for people to refuse to recognize the results of the election served Russia’s interests.
“That’s exactly what Russia would have wished for - to have a very divided and very weakened country and a discredited president whose legitimacy is under attack,” she said.