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Washington: сalm down, Misha2009-08-05 23:12
Recent events on Georgian-South Ossetian border and the pending anniversary of the August conflict are brought up to the top level. Russian and US Presidents get in touch to call for non-aggravation in South Caucasus. Curiously enough, Washington is having mentoring chats with Mikheil Saakashvili which is not incidental.
Information on regular incidents on Georgian-South Ossetian near-border zone was one of the headlines in world information space as well as for Russian and US Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. They had a nice occasion for a talk - the American leader's birthday. However the presidents couldn't neglect the news from South Caucasus on flaring situation on Georgian - South Ossetian border that made both leaders agree on necessity to decrease tensions in the region, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs' statement. "President Obama reiterated the importance of working through established crisis management mechanisms such as the Joint Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism and underscored the need for
international monitors", - the statement reads.
But Moscow has never objected to and keeps favoring international presence in Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia as repeated by RF Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in his today's interview with Rossiyaskaya Gazeta, Rosbalt reports. According to him Moscow's compromise offer to maintain UN and OSCE missions in the region was blocked by Western partners and the Georgian side.
Anyway the next one to contact official Washington was Mikheil Saakashvili. He spoke to US Vice President Joseph Biden, his old friend and a patron who recently came to the Georgian capital. He discussed the current situation with the Georgian leader expressing concern over remaining tension in the region and calling on all sides, including Mikheil Nikolaevich to avoid destabilizing actions, RIA Novosti reports.
This is how the United States conveyed an explicit message to the Georgian leader who persists the topic of return of "breakaway territories" and keeps dishonoring the northern neighbor, that now it was most important to think of stabilization and aggressive rhetoric is absolutely ill-timed.
Such recommendations from Washington are not incidental. Recently Russia's FM Sergey Lavrov remarked that the "Saakashvili project" launched by the west had completely failed. The minister said the latest contacts between Russia and the West had shown that "they stick to a different position on Georgia, but without any pathos, I'd say in a routine manner", - Vesti TV reports. According to the head of the Russian diplomacy US President Barack Obama's recent visit to Moscow is a confirmation to that.
Indeed, discussion of the situation around the August conflict and its consequences in relations between Russia and the rest of the world is not an acute issue anymore. Moreover gradually the tonality of internal political discussions in the countries that irrevocably supported official Tbilisi is changing too. For instance, at the latest Congressional hearing senators considered that before supplying arms to the ex-Soviet republic a staff reform should be carried out, military education improved and Georgia should adopt a military doctrine, Vesti reports. Some Members of Congress even warned against teasing Moscow. "The stakes are too high and if we really want to reset our relations with Russia why add fuel to the fire?" - Congressman Bill Delahunt asks.