Georgian former Minister of State Security Valery Khaburdzania returned from Moscow to Tbilisi to lead the pro-Russian movement in the political life of the country. Khaburdzania told "Maestro" TV company live that he is ready to unite the pro-Russian spectrum of the Georgian political life.
There was a differentiation of political forces in Georgia and there are pro-Western, pro-American and pro-Russian forces now. There are groups of national orientation. Pro-Russian means conducting coincident Georgian and Russian interests.
"No one rejects Western values. We say that there must be closer relations with Russia and to be with it in regional associations," Khaburdzania said.
He emphasized that he has merits to Russia and the Pankisi problem solution, from where Chechen rebels penetrated into Russia, was greatly predetermined when he was Minister of State Security.
As President Saakashvili explained he dismissed Khaburdzania after a meeting when Russian President Vladimir Putin asked him to leave Khaburdzania at his position. Khaburdzania is Putin's classmate. Saakashvili said that he could not leave the "agent of Russia's influence" at such a significant position.