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Tbilisi occupies Nagorno-Karabakh issue2011-09-27 14:45
Georgia's Ambassador was called on the carpet of the Armenian Foreign Ministry. It turns out that Tbilisi does not recognize municipal elections held in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and calls it occupied. Against the background of a very cautious actions of Turkey, an Azerbaijan's ally in the Karabakh conflict, the statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry can be heard almost like a call for an open confrontation. In addition, supplies of Russian gas to Armenia was suddenly stopped. It's not surprisingly that Yerevan is outraged.
Yerevan is outraged.
Georgia has long kept a brave face on a bad game. Mikhail Saakashvili embraced with President Serzh Sargsyan and promised to solve the problem of Javakheti region. However, Georgian president stopped this game to the public as soon as he comprehended that Armenia is not going to turn away from Russia, despite the economic blockade and diplomatic confrontation with its neighbors over Nagorno-Karabakh. Virtually the only country at the Caucasus, that maintains fidelity Moscow, is very inconvenient for the pro-Western forces which fuel the local political elite with preaching of nationalism. Michail Nikolozovich relapsed into childhood and behaved just like a baby - he was offended by Yerevan for something and so he even didn't congratulate the Republic of the 20th anniversary of its independence.
Russia, which is just getting on its feet, is not yet ready to rake the problems and ethnic conflicts that have emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. However, failure to recognize the sovereignty of Nagorno-Karabakh does not mean that the Kremlin leadership at some point will not be able to offer an option that will suit for both opponents. Meanwhile, Georgia, trying to find allies in the struggle for their own "territorial integrity", orally actively supports such status in other states. No wonder that Yerevan is furious and called Georgian ambassador to clarify the relationship. On the eve of unpleasant incident, Georgia has suspended deliveries of Russian natural gas through its territory to Armenia, which life is not easy being surrounded by enemies. So, Tbilisi, assuring Europe of being a reliable transit country, lied shamelessly. And the question of when Sakartvelo will use economic levers of influence in geopolitics, was only a matter of time.
But Armenia has already given away Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic and she's not going to give Nagorno-Karabakh in favor of Azerbaijan. Twenty years Armenia is in the doghouse of Baku and Ankara, but she was able to stand and not to give up her position. So why Georgia is so confident that she can break the resistance of Yerevan by the miserable provocation, which Kiev has repeatedly used towards Moscow? Tighten the valve with a foreign gas, of course, sees the Georgian authorities confident they can solve their problems if they stop gas supplies, but they are wrong.
It seems that Georgia simply decided to focus attention of international organizations to former Georgian enclaves - Abkhazia and South Ossetia - and the elimination of "five-day war" of 2008. In this regard, Nagorno-Karabakh has long been in the shadow and does not harbor hopes for a sharp and irreversible change, although the mediators of the OSCE Minsk Group are asserting that a breakthrough is near year after year, and the peace is not far. The frozen conflict, Like in Transnistria, is forcing the international community to puzzle over how to get out of the situation with dignity. That's why Baku and Yerevan continue to say that they are on the front line and are hoping that the enemy will tremble and declare a draw.