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Western “Wood” for Georgian Fire of War

19.05.2008 17:35

A press-release of the Russian Defense Ministry distributed last week on the amount of foreign military shipments to Georgia had a strange impact on Georgian officials.

They did not deny the published facts, which are hardly may be contested. They just claimed that the data of the Russian Defense Ministry are “very obsolete”. Georgian First Deputy Defense Minister Batu Kutelia said to journalists: “We have much more weapons than it was listed, and procurements are in progress”.

Let us recall that according to the Russian Defense Ministry more than 8,000 Georgian militaries and civilians of the Defense Ministry have been trained in the USA only. In 2006-2008 Washington issued to Georgia nonrepayable loans totaling 30.6 million Dollars plus 10 million Dollars for preparation to NATO membership.

Besides, in near future it is expected to supply to Georgia 15 multipurpose helicopters S-70A (export version of UH-60 Black Hawk). Seven helicopters will be supplied to the Caucasus in 2010, and eight helicopters – in 2011. The amount of requested nonrepayable loans for 2009 is 11 million Dollars.

Washington also claimed that it intends to assist in upgrade of the Georgian Navy. This statement is indirectly confirmed by expected joint US-Georgian naval exercises.

Afore-mentioned Batu Kutelia emphasized that during these exercises the ships will practice “the operations to provide for Georgian security in the Black Sea” or in another version announced by the less informed media outlet – the rescue operations.

So, from where does Georgia expect “the threat”? As claimed by Tbilisi, the gravest threat not only to Georgia but also to all Black Sea countries comes from the North. The Georgian politicians entertaining a possibility of a forceful solution of the Abkhaz problem expect to enlist foreign support provided Russia goes to bat for the unrecognized republic and own citizens living there.

As planned by the Georgian strategists, in this case Tbilisi would be supported not only by the illusive “fifth column” but also coordinated NATO forces actively assisted by those who want to join the Alliance.

In terms of such rather non-illusive threat to its borders Moscow has to appeal to the world community and take adequate steps aimed at protection of its citizens residing in the unrecognized republics.

The reinforcement of the Peacekeeping Force in Abkhazia, which was regarded by Tbilisi only as a “creeping” aggression has been actually performed not only to provide for security of the Russian citizens but also to maintain the unstable peace in the Caucasus.

The latest developments show that Georgia makes maximum efforts to destabilize the situation in the region. The Tbilisi authorities are pushed to such destructive policy not only by NATO countries, which get benefits from the destabilized situation in the Caucasus, but also by certain local politicians expecting to get quick dividend from the distress of their former compatriots.

At the same time, any peaceful ideas offered by Russia are automatically recognized inconsistent initially in Washington and later in Tbilisi. The military assistance received by Georgia is written off to “the revival of the Georgian Army”. The country is “actively assisted by our partners, and this process will continue until the Georgian Army becomes the most up-to-date army in the region”.