Charlie Sheen’s father, Martin, played a president on American television. Ever wonder how the loquacious, outrageous Charlie might behave as a chief executive? All you have to do is look to Belarus to get a preview. Belarussian leader Alexader Lukashenko, who does not run from the moniker Europe’s last dictator, was really sheening in a recent interview with The Washington Post. He ended the talk on a particularly high note, tweaking Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili by describing him as America’s “son of a bitch.”
Saakashvili, who is carrying on a long-running feud with Russia’s supreme leader, Vladimir Putin, is not known as one who turns the other cheek. Not long ago, Saakashvili vowed that Georgia, which got a certain part of its anatomy kicked in its 2008 conflict with Russia, would never “lick” Moscow’s posterior. Given the way Saakashvili has responded to Putin, look for the sparks to start flying between Tbilisi and Minsk.
Giorgi Lomsadze is a journalist based in Tbilisi, and author of Tamada Tales.
Sign up for Eurasianet's free weekly newsletter.