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Joining NATO isn’t worth the ado2009-08-04 20:03
Most Georgian media tried to omit the Historic Heritage round table session with the experts discussing truths that hurt the ears of Georgian government and pro-western opposition. The fact is: Tskhinval invasion damaged the Georgian statehood. The thesis is: this could have been avoided abandoning hopes to join NATO.
"The war conflict in South Ossetia was a result of Georgian leaders' urge to join NATO at all costs", - is written in "August 2008 - the tragedy of Georgian statehood: causes and consequences" round table resolution coinciding with the anniversary of the tragic events. Almost all participants - 13 experts and politologists acknowledged: the Georgian army's attack on Tskhinval was a heavy blow to the Georgian statehood.
Historic Heritage NGO was the organizer of a round table session in Tbilisi. Its leaders are sure Georgia has no future without Russia.
Georgian authorities had been preparing the August 2008 events for several years, NGO's co-chairman believes. It is clear from public statements of the Georgian president about restoration of territorial integrity by any means, constant increase of military budget, the attempt to carry out a military operation in Tskhinvali in 2006", - New Region quotes.
Americans who encouraged the affair were pulling Saakashvili's strings, Deputy Head of Center for Globalization problems Victor Tsaava is sure adding that "the August conflict can be called a US election campaign with Russia pictured as an aggressor".
This version is well-grounded and is often brought up by South Caucasus experts. Recently in an interview with Aistani Zrutsakits (Armenia's Interlocutor) Washington's trace in last year's war was pointed out by Armenia's ex Deputy Defense Minister Vaan Shirkhanyan. According to him it was the operation by "US political planning bodies" aimed at neutralization of Russia's "legitimate" possibilities to access oil and gas lines of South Caucasus. "Nudging Saakashvili to attack South Ossetia and having a predicted result (Russia's involvement in war and its control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia) Americans neutralized legitimacy of any actions of Russian army to the south of South Ossetia's borders in the direction of Caucasus communication corridor", - the military official is quoted by Press Papier. Shirkhanyan believes the US planned to accelerate solution to the Karabakh issue we are witnessing now. "Unleashing a large-scale propaganda operation dragging all western community in it Russia was forced to promptly sign the agreement (on Nagorny Karabakh - ed.) on the basis of Madrid principles which is supposed to be the only "proof" of its "non-aggressiveness", - the Armenian expert notes.
Generally speaking Russia whose relations with the West were greatly complicated as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev confessed is not a loser in August 2008 war. Surely Georgia is in a real mess after the war with definitive loss of two provinces. "The country is on the brink of collapse, it's just a matter of time.