By Liana Jervalidze, Kevin Rosner
This record indicates that as Georgia has restructured its power zone, the hot Russian and Georgian political elites exerted their effect, rather during the participation of Russian fuel corporation Itera in privatizations of Georgian gasoline organizations. and the way, over the last few years, Russian-Georgian company teams with their offshore capital were operating to monopolise the Georgian economic system and Russia's gasoline has been consolidating its carry over the CIS pipeline infrastructure, quite in the course of the growth of Gazprom. even if, Gazprom didn't take keep an eye on of Georgia's pipeline infrastructure and Georgia is insistent on constructing its pipeline strength in an effort to develop its function as a transit path to Europe, Turkey and Iran. a part of the Russian overseas power coverage file sequence.
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86 In June 2004 a joint Georgia–Russia business forum was held in Tbilisi where large Russian business groups participated including German Gref, Russia’s Minister of Economics and Kakha Bendukidze, a Russian tycoon of Georgian origin. Kakha Bendukidze was invited by the Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania to remain and head the ministry of economy of Georgia. Indeed, at the end of the forum Kakha Bendukidze was appointed as Minister of Economy and President Saakashvili invested him with special rights to conduct the overall privatization of Georgian enterprises.
Again like Shevardandze they hoped that in exchange of their open Russiafriendly policy Russia would change its position on the break away regions of Georgia. The attempt of the new Georgian political leadership to improve Georgian-Russian relations had been soured by repeated sabotage and terrorist attacks against Georgia’s electricity transmission lines, Kavkasioni and Katrli 1 and Kartli 2, in between 15 September 2004 and March 200585. In summer 2005 the Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs GMB Publishing Georgia Vano Merabishvili accused a group of South Ossetian mercenaries and their instructors from Russia of organizing and committing repeated acts of sabotage against electricity transmission lines in Georgia.
Beginning in 2003 Gazprom began consolidating its assets and evicted gas trader Itera from its gas network and consequently from the CIS markets. Gazprom proceeded to conclude strategic partnership agreements with Turkmenistan (10 April 2003), joint management and pipeline operation agreements with Kazakhstan (20 May 2003), an agreement with the Ukraine (August 2003) and finally with Uzbekistan GMB Publishing (September 2003). A year earlier Gazprom had concluded a strategic partnership agreement with Iran as well.