Georgia is waiting at the EU\u2019s doorstep. The country, in the South Caucasus, has been working hard for more than 13 years to move as close as possible to the EU.\n\nTbilisi and Brussels have even signed and implemented an association agreement in the framework of the EU\u2019s Eastern partnership.\n\nFor this relatively small country, it\u2019s not just a matter of security. It\u2019s also a political and economic necessity to move closer to the Central European members of the EU.\n\nThis became particularly urgent after the 2008 war with Russia.\n\nThrough that conflict, the former Soviet country realised how much its economy still depended on Moscow. And to what extent its sovereignty was limited as a result. The Russian army crushed the small Georgian army and Moscow seized South Ossetia and Abkhazia.\n\nGeorgia has since undertaken a series of reforms and its fight against corruption is viewed as a success story. That\u2019s why the country is now knocking on the EU\u2019s door.\n\nBut it\u2019s not the best time. The EU is struggling with its own problems, from Brexit to migration policy.\n\nEuronews asked the president of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, how his country views these obstacles.\n\nRussian factor\n\nSergio Cantone, Euronews: Mr President, aren\u2019t you afraid that the problems within the EU, among members of the EU, could affect the relationship between the EU and, for instance, Georgia or even Ukraine \u2013 the former Soviet countries?_\n\nGiorgi Margvelachvili, Georgian President: I think that those problems, those challenges that are in the EU are slowing down Georgia\u2019s integration. I wouldn\u2019t say that eventually they will affect the European process or eventually they will stop Georgia\u2019s integration, but they are definitely slowing down\u2026\n\nEuronews: Why?\n\nGiorgi Margvelachvili: Well, it\u2019s obvious that the Union is built on an attempt to have an inclusive democratic decision among the member states, and when you have ambiguity on some of issues, like Brexit, then the decision making is slowed down, and of course the Russian factor is one of the factors in this process.\n\nEuronews: What is the Russian factor? What is the connection between the Russian factor and these divisions within the EU?\n\nGiorgi Margvelachvili: Well, I would say the Russian factor not in the context of divisions in the EU, but the Russian factor with respect to a more active engagement of Ukraine, Georgia and other neighbours of Russia in the European process, because we\u2019ve seen that Russia has reacted very aggressively\u2026\n\nEuronews: But Russia, at the same time, seems to have excellent relationships with some of the members of the EU\u2026\n\nGiorgi Margvelachvili: Unfortunately, we see that the expense of good relationships is sometimes increasing tension in the region and it all comes back eventually to any of those countries: I know that if you build one-on-one relationships with Moscow and forget about the principles, and forget about the basics and forget about international law, eventually those problems will come back at you. That is the law of history.\n\nEuronews: As a head of state of a post-Soviet country, what do you think about Brexit, about, say, conflicts, small conflicts, within the EU?\n\nGiorgi Margvelachvili: When we look at Brexit what I hope is that Brexit will be well analysed and that conclusions will be drawn out of Brexit. The conclusions that have to improve the EU, improve its operation and prevent the disintegration process. So, I know that from time to time there is an active rhetoric about Brexit, but I believe in a European commonsensical approach to politics.\n\nEuronews: But, with a two-speed Europe, maybe, there could be more opportunities for countries like yours, like Ukraine, like Moldova to join the second circle\u2026\n\nGiorgi Margvelachvili: We still don\u2019t know what exactly this will be. This circle is not the EU, as a formal structure. This circle and these steps are possibilities to be closer to Europe in one or another form: so I think that for Georgia, from the perspective of Georgia, having some other integration steps is very interesting. And that\u2019s what we are looking for: to have more steps to go to the final benchmark of being a member of the EU.