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Georgia’s Foreign Ministry accuses Russia of carrying out an imperial policy2008-10-27 11:16
Just before the conference of financial donors on 22nd October Georgia's foreign policy department apparently decided to denounce Moscow once more. Their reason was Russia's treaty on friendship, cooperation and mutual aid with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. On 22nd October Dmitry Medvedev sent it to the State Duma to be ratified.
"This is yet a further step in Russia's imperialism aimed at violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia," informed the Foreign Ministry. "Ever since Georgia regained its independence Russia has been consistently carrying out a policy directed against Georgian statehood."
Tbilisi describes Russia's main weapon for achieving this policy as "the ethnic cleansing of the Georgian population carried out at Moscow's behest in the separatist enclaves. To solve this problem Russia creates puppet regimes with the help of which, as well as through their own peacekeepers, it terrorizes the local population".
The commentary also states that Russia's decision to station its military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia contradicts not only international norms and the principle of Georgia's territorial integrity, but also the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan.
Tbilisi believes that all Russia's actions confirm that it does not wish to fulfil the agreement entirely. As far as the State Duma's upcoming ratification of the treaties of friendship and cooperation with the Caucasian republics is concerned, Georgia's Foreign Ministry regards it as an attempt by Russia to accord some legitimacy to its illegal actions.
"Georgia appeals for the international community to pay attention to the pro-fascist tendencies of Russian imperialism and asks it to give due appreciation to Russia's actions and take measures to return Moscow to the framework of international law. Only if this is the case will it be possible to prevent a recurrence of the tragedy of the 1940s," concluded Georgia's Foreign Ministry.
As usual Tbilisi is trying to turn everything on its head. For example, it stresses that it was Russia, not Georgia, which deprived Abkhazia and South Ossetia of its autonomous status in February 1992. And later it brought its troops into these republics, provoking full-scale ethnic slaughter there. The establishment of constitutional order in South Ossetia in August would surely have resulted in the same thing. Now Georgia's Foreign Ministry is enraged that Russia illegally destroyed the army that was advancing on Tskhinvali, as well as entrusting the border protection of the republics to the Soviet KGB's successor. However it is clear that with the help of FSB troops on their borders the Caucasian republics are trying to defend themselves against further attempts to "establish constitutional order on Georgian territory". For Georgia's authorities the idea of their territorial integrity has long since entered an unhealthy stage, to put it mildly.