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“Corrupt” Europe in Georgia’s liberal translation2011-03-11 14:34
Georgian journalists continue studying WikiLeaks materials finding a pretext to accuse members of the European Union. As alleged, Italy, Germany and France lobbied Russia's interests in August 2008. Medvedev-Sarkozy pact suddenly appears in a different light with Paris threatening other members to wind up Eastern Partnership program unless they turn a blind eye on the peace-enforcement operation. It seems Georgia is tired of currying favor with the West. The reason is clear: the game is drawing to an end, and the cards won't win.
While the countries exposed by WikiLeaks diplomatically hush down nasty facts, the Georgian press keeps washing dirty linen. Georgia's position in the international arena is as precarious as ever. Very soon handshaking with Mikheil Saakashvili will be a shame not only to those who saw the real state of affairs in the Caucasian republic on time. In this desperate situation it does not seem surprising that official Tbilisi forgets about gratitude and gets angry with recent patrons and sponsors.
Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Luxemburg, Slovakia, Slovenia have come to disgrace en masse. As well as Germany, Italy and France - the oldest members of the European Union, Russia's kindest friends holding shares in Nord Stream and South Stream projects faced most severe criticism of the Georgian press.
As mass media report, threatening to wind up the Eastern Partnership scheme Paris acted like a real bully putting serious pressure on Stockholm and Warsaw forcing them to make certain concessions in favor of Moscow. Since new EU members were not brave enough to split the community, they had to agree to the demands putting a good face on the matter. This is the situation of August 2008 events that Georgian journalists presented with reference to WikiLeaks materials.
"Once the decision on talks on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement [between the European Union and Russia] was made, Sweden and Poland, co-drafters of the Eastern Partnership initiative, were given a green light from France", - Robert Silverman, a diplomat from the US embassy in Stockholm wrote to his superiors in Washington.
As WikiLeaks reports, this pathetic story was referred to Silverman by Johan Frisell, a high-ranking Swedish official. Allegedly, EU and NATO partners were in a deep crisis torn apart by differences between Germany's position favoring Russian arguments and tiny teethless Latvia that actively suggested initiating arms supplies to Georgia. Naturally, the events above took place long before US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed a symbolic "red button" to Russian FM Sergey Lavrov. Georgian journalists seem to miss the fact that Russia and the USA are entering into an active stage of the reset.
Besides, Americans who received the bitterest pill from Julian Assange, the denouncer, have grown cold towards Georgia. Washington hopes that rejecting military cooperation with official Tbilisi will please Moscow restraining its aspiration to be in close relations with partially recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia.