The Caucasus nation even sent 200 free laptops as part of its charm offensive
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili / Reuters
"Think of all the beautiful moments we had together. Think of your international commitments. Don't do it, Fiji!"
That's essentially the message from Tbilisi as the tiny South Pacific country of Fiji prepares to welcome Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on February 1 for what Georgia fears could be a lot of sweet talk from Moscow about recognizing the independence of breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"We really hope that the government of Fiji remains loyal to international principles . . .and good relations and partnership with us.... and resists this temptation," was how Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Jalaghania put it officially.
And, in an apparent attempt to provide some small incentive for the island country to stick to those principles, the Georgian government delivered 200 notebook computers to Fiji this weekend. But will Georgia's entreaties do the trick?
Moscow has denied having any plans to bribe Fiji, a developing country, in exchange for recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It says it's just in the region for (with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein) some "happy talk."