Georgia. It was a dramatic year with a continued foreign policy crisis in relation to Russia and with an exception to the domestic opposition.
In January, the border with Russia was blocked by long truck queues due to Russian ban on imports of Georgian fruit. According to CountryAAH, Tbilisi is the capital city of Georgia. Russia denied political motives, but Georgia’s leadership was convinced that sanctions were being imposed for its efforts to enter NATO and the EU. President Micheil Saakashvili declared that Georgia will join NATO in 2009. He referred to NATO’s Secretary-General for the task.
- According to abbreviationfinder: GA is the 2-letter acronym for the country of Georgia.
In June, Georgia and Russia’s presidents met in St. Petersburg and agreed to work to normalize relations. But instead, the relationship deteriorated. In August, Georgia accused Russia’s battle plan for releasing a 700-kilo bomb on Georgian territory. However, the bomb had not exploded. The incident occurred near the outbreak republic of South Ossetia, which, like Abkhazia, is supported by Russia. From Moscow, Russian airplanes were denied general Georgian airspace at all, and accused Georgian authorities of “biological terrorism” by dumping plague-infested pig decaders into a river that runs through Abkhazia and into the Black Sea. An international expert group concluded that a Russian robot had been dropped from a plane coming from Russian airspace.
In August, a Georgian court sentenced 13 Prairie oppositionists to multi-year prison sentences accused of plotting against the G government. Several of those convicted were linked to fugitive regime critic Igor Giorgadze’s Justice Party, which, according to the Georgian government, is funded by Russia. The conflict intensified when G President at the UN General Assembly accused Russian military of fighting on the part of the Abkhaz separatists.
During the autumn, a domestic political crisis emerged. Former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili claimed that President Saakashvili ordered him to “eliminate important and influential people” before he was dismissed in 2006. blackmail and abuse of power, which caused several thousand people to protest outside the parliament building in Tbilisi. When Okruashvili was later to be tried, he found himself in Germany.
The opposition accused the West-backed Saakashvili of trying to silence a political rival, claiming he had lost his credibility as a democratic reformist. Eight opposition parties joined forces in an alliance that conducted the largest demonstration since the “Roses Revolution” in 2003. Tens of thousands of people gathered and it looked as if Saakashvili was threatened by a revolution similar to that which brought him to power. Day after day, protests continued with demands for Saakashvili’s departure and re-election. Assessors believed that rising unemployment and rising bread and gas prices made people experience their situation worse than before the “Roses revolution”. Stone-throwing protesters met with tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets from the riot police. Several hundred people had to visit hospitals. Saakashvili accused the Russian intelligence service of stirring up the protests and a group of Russian diplomats were expelled from Georgia. The opposition TV channel Imedi got its office stormed by heavily armed Georgian special forces and the channel was closed. Imedi was charged with revocation and had his license suspended temporarily.
Saakashvili looked to lose control and decided to introduce a state of emergency in the capital Tbilisi. Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli claimed a coup attempt. Saakashvili’s friends in the West demanded that the state of emergency be lifted. Russia strongly condemned the Georgian president’s actions and expelled Georgian diplomats in response to George’s expulsion of the Russians.
Saakashvili fell short of the opposition’s demand for a new election and announced in November that a new election for the presidential post would be held in January 2008. Assessors considered that he chose to announce the election at short notice to make it difficult for the opposition to gather and agree on a presidential candidate.
The closed TV channel Imedi was controlled by the rocky so-called oligarch Arkadij “Badri” Patarkatsishvili, who explained that Saakashvili must be removed from power. The prosecutor at the time claimed that he was suspected of conspiring to overthrow the government. Later, Patarkatsishvili announced that he himself planned to run for president.
In mid-November, the government and opposition met for negotiations organized by Georgia’s Orthodox Church. Thereafter, the state of emergency was revoked. At the same time, Saakashvili dismissed the government and appointed Bank Director Lado Gurgenidze as new Prime Minister.
The presidential election was expected to be a fight between Saakashvili and Levan Gatjetjiladze, which the opposition alliance put forward as a candidate. But the opposition could not agree on a single candidate, but several politicians planned to run for election.
In November, the last Russian troops left the Tbilisi-controlled part of Georgia. It was a historic retreat. By then, Russian soldiers had been in the country for over two centuries. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Georgia’s independence in 1991, Tbilisi has consistently demanded an end to the Russian troops presence. Russian troops, however, remain as peacekeepers in the two Russian-backed outbreak states Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Tbilisi is trying in vain to gain control over.
In December, Georgia’s Secretary of Defense announced that the country was connected to NATO’s joint air defense radar system. The government thus hoped to deter Russia from intrusion into Georgian airspace.
Georgia weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 14 ° C and 22 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Batumi, it gets warmest in May, while March is noticeably cooler.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 8-16 ° C. So the weather is hardly suitable for swimming.
In March, at about 14 days can be expected precipitation in April at about 14 days in May at about 12 days.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines on average between 4 and 6 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Batumi is in May, but with less sun you will have to get by in March.