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NATO Assembly pleasing Georgia2010-11-18 19:16
Resolution adopted by NATO Parliamentary Assembly in respect of Georgia, where Russia is accused of "ethnic cleansing" in the territory of South Ossetia and is called to withdraw its troops from RSO and Abkhazia, has made a great impression on Tbilisi. However, the farther from the Georgian capital, the calmer the reaction to the document is. Will the echo of this decision reach Lisbon where the world leaders will meet at NATO summit or will it fade away, being another West's dole to Tbilisi?
"The presence of the Russian armed forces in the Georgian territory is estimated in the resolution as the violation of the cease-fire agreement of 12 August 2008 signed through the intermediary of European Union and as occupation of a sovereign state", - NATO PA has stated in its resolution.
There have been numerous victorious exclamations on Tbilisi's part in connection with this event. For instance, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Giga Bokeria has stated that he considers NATO PA's decision to be "another victory of the Georgian diplomacy". "The adoption of a clear and unambiguous resolution supporting Georgia in all the key issues, both on Russia's occupation and a clear message regarding the ethnic cleansing, before NATO PA summit in Lisbon is the right political background necessary for Georgia", - he said.
No wonder Sakartvelo diplomats are feeling so positive: they tried to interpret the report by Tagliavini's commission directly accusing Mikheil Saakashvili's regime of launching aggression upon South Ossetia in their favour as well, not to mention the resolution that must have been drawn up in Tbilisi, not Warsaw.
However, Georgian authorities and pro-government experts prefer keeping silent about the fact that the support of Georgia is permanently expressed by the Alliance. If you wake Hillary Clinton at night, she will evidently without book deliver her speech about "the necessity of respecting Georgia's territorial integrity and non-recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia" as if she were a Georgian A-student getting ready for her geography exam.
However, NATO is not going to proceed to any definite actions in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and it never will: the West needs healthy relationship with Russia. The point is not only Moscow's growing external power. More and more voices are heard from Europe, asserting that the western politicians have been too much charmed by the Georgian leader's compelling smile in August 2008.
In his turn, a famous Russian expert, Head of Caucasian Department at CIS Countries Institute Felix Stanevsky has stated that NATO Parliamentary Assembly's decision quite fits the West's general policy concerning the situation around Russian and Georgia. "I do not think this resolution to be tougher than the West's usual line of behavior; it's just a review. It is true that the American administration and its European allies do not want to put up with the fact that Georgia has lost Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Thus, this or that European organization sometimes comes out with the statements on "territorial integrity". The same issue is raised by Hillary Clinton and other politicians in their speeches on the "occupation" of these territories; there is nothing new here.
The world leading media, primarily American and European, are acting in the same vein. That's a common story, and I don't believe it will have any serious consequences", - he said in his interview to GeorgiaTimes correspondent.