This is not the first time a Russian intelligence chief has made such a statement. We observed the same during the Karabakh war. It was a warning addressed to Turkey and Azerbaijan. It seems that this has already become a tradition in Moscow. The addressee of this very statement, of course, was America in the first place. This statement should be viewed as an integral part of Russian-American bilateral relations. This is a kind of warning from Russia to the United States – stay out of my sphere of influence. Hopefully this will be followed by an answer. Now the Russians see that Georgia is weak and unable to pull together. In times like these, it is easier to escalate, with the same America, because of the same Georgia. If anyone has suffered from this in the internal political struggle, it is, first of all, the “Georgian Dream”. Are the Russians so stupid as not to realize that such open statements would harm them if their client is Georgian Dream?
Tornike Sharashenidze, commentary to the Echo of the Caucasus