Authorities in Russia consider the victory of the Georgian Dream coalition in the 2012 elections as the success of their special operation, former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili told Rustavi 2 TV station on 2 August. According to Saakashvili, former PM Bidzina Ivanishvili thinks the west has weakened and he is trying to get closer to Russia.
"The elections of 2012... once Putin said at the Security Council session, we know it from our friends... that it was the most successful special operation carried out by Russia lately... Russians believe that the elections of 2012 was their special operation with its Bedukadzes, tapes, Inashvilis, propagandas, etc," Saakashvili said.
Commenting on the filing of criminal charges against him and on the persecution of the United National Movement leaders, Saakashvili said "Ivanishvili decided that he needs to make nice gestures to Russia much more than to the west. He believes that the west is busy and weakened, and he is making a tragic and heavy mistake, because he is really going against the flow."
Saakashvili said "Putin's government is nearing its end." "We will have a window of maximum 1-2 years, when there will be a total chaos in Russia... not only to return our territories, not only to "cement" ourselves on the road to EU and NATO, but we will manage to get much more as a result of all this. But this is possible only in case the west is firmly on our side," the former President said.