Azerbaijan has been expressing its pretensions to the south-eastern territories of Georgia for months with open text. It is not the officials, but the historians – the members of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences. But there is also one notable circumstance. Recently, one of the most influential figures of Azerbaijan, Ramiz Mehtiyev, who has been in
office since his father Aliyev, resigned. After resigning as head of the presidential administration, Mehtiyev became chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. This shows that historians have simply expressed the official Baku strategy.
At the same time, a de facto threat has been formally voiced against Georgia by Ankara, where they have recently received Georgian Prime Minister Georgi Gakharia. Turkish President Erdogan said Georgia is a bridge connecting Turkey with its brothers and implementing projects with them that are important for stability. Erdogan has actually threatened the Georgian prime
minister that Georgia will have problems if it fails to act as a “smart bridge” between Turkey and Azerbaijan. Of course, Erdogan did not say that Georgia is viewed as a temporary bridge in this sense, as Azerbaijan and Turkey in their strategic vision will undoubtedly move from the two ends of that bridge. Azerbaijani border guards have started it from Kvemo Kartli.
A few days ago, the Presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan announced at the Assembly of Turkic Speaking States in Baku about their pan-Turkic future. They see not only Armenia but also Georgia as an obstacle to that future.
There is a strong military-political resistance to the Armenian issue, accompanied by a number of factors, and in the case of Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan do not appear to be resisting, and the evidence is that the Azerbaijani border guards are deepening into the Georgian territory without hindrance and official resistance.
Tbilisi, of course, lies between two stones. When he confronts Baku and Ankara, the ability to resist Moscow falls, and vice versa. A striking example of this was the sudden outbreak of the anti-Russian wave in the summer when Azerbaijan displayed aggression against David Gareji’s monastic complex.