We are asking our northern neighbor to refrain from any provocationsNATO drills start in Georgia amid tension May 06, 2009
I think he is disappointed with (the) failure to obtain a NATO membership program for Georgia and secure Europe's support. He seems to have realized there is a need for dialogue with RussiaSaakashvili said willing to talk to Moscow Dec 23, 2008
It's getting cold in Georgia's regions now, and the main question facing the Georgian public, facing each of us, is whether we will manage to ensure that people are provided with electricity, heat and gas without interruption in the postwar period, in conditions of world economic crisis and in conditions where there is a threat of sabotage and to ensure that it is not dark and cold in GeorgiaAnalysis: Georgia faces a winter of blackouts Dec 19, 2008
This year the Georgian energy sector has a minimum dependence on Russian gas supplies, it is just 10 percent that we are getting from the amount of gas transported (further on) to Armenia. I do not think that Russia will leave Armenia without gasAnalysis: Georgia faces a winter of blackouts Dec 19, 2008
I think that it's very important that these working relations with the United States and with Russia have a good and very solid base and perspectivesAnalysis: Kazakhstan and the BTC pipeline Oct 15, 2008
Mikheil Saakashvili (Georgian: მიხეილ სააკაშვილი, IPA: ; born 21 December 1967) is a Georgian politician, the third and current President of Georgia and leader of the United National Movement Party. Involved in the national politics since 1995, Saakashvili became president on 25 January 2004 after President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned in a November 2003 bloodless "Rose Revolution" led by Saakashvili and his political allies, Nino Burjanadze and Zurab Zhvania. Saakashvili was re-elected in the Georgian presidential election on 5 January 2008. He is widely regarded as a pro-NATO and pro-USA leader who spearheaded a series of political and economic reforms. In 2010, he had a 67% approval rating despite being criticized by the opposition for his alleged authoritarian tendencies and electoral fraud.
Some non-Georgian sources spell Saakashvili's first name via the Russian version of the name Mikhail. In Georgia, he is commonly known as "Misha," a hypocorism for Mikheil.
Mikheil Saakashvili was born in Tbilisi, capital of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic in the Soviet Union, to a Georgian intelligentsia family. His father, Nikoloz Saakashvili, is a physician who practices medicine in Tbilisi and directs a local Balneological Center. His mother, Giuli Alasania, is a historian who lectures at Tbilisi State University.