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Baramidze’s NATO fantasies2011-04-08 20:50
Today, Special Representative for South Caucasus and Central Asia of the Secretary General of the North-Atlantic Alliance James Appathurai paid an official visit to Tbilisi. The high-ranking NATO functionary arrived in Georgia to prepare a meeting between heads of the foreign policy administrations of the Alliance member countries and the Caucasian republic. Before the dear guest's visit, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Georgy Baranidze tried to explain why Tbilisi is so eager to get to NATO. According to him, entering in the alliance will defend the country against Russian aggression and the government against the opposition.
According to him, entering in the alliance will defend the country against Russian aggression and the government against the opposition.
"We've got sufficient grounds to assume that Russia still has its aggressive plans on Georgia. Thus, we are training the army properly. Besides, some of the Georgian oppositionists hope that they will be able to organize clashes in Tbilisi and then call Russian troops for help to overthrow the government. There are such scenarios, too. According to a new framework of Georgia's national security, Russia constitutes a real threat to our country, - Georgy Baramidze told a Moscow News reporter. He said that technically the country will be ready to join the North-Atlantic Alliance in two or three years.
But following the state minister's logic, Georgia should take time to retrain the army according to NATO standards because in this case it will never be admitted to NATO. Leaders of the member countries of the military-political bloc are not mad to admit a country, in which respect "Russia retains its aggressive plans". Of course, Russian Armed Forces have degraded a lot since the times of the Soviet Union but even despite that it is perfectly realized in Brussels that an open military confrontation with Moscow is above anyone's strength. That's not the same as bombing the helpless Serbia. Admitting a state ruled by an unbalanced dictator, such as Saakashvili, means returning to the times of a cold war that can turn into a "hot" one any moment.
The second purpose of the Georgian government - to use the Alliance's forces as a scarecrow for the opposition - will also hardly cause inspiration among Brussels bureaucrats. The alliance is stuck to the ears in its attempts to stop the civil confrontation in Iraq and Afghanistan which seems to be endless and the United States cannot get rid of the label of a world gendarme acquired in the years of the previous administration. Thus, neither Washington, nor Brussels want to be involved in one more civil war. It is notable that on arriving in Tbilisi, James Appathurai immediately demanded a meeting with the Georgian oppositionists, among which there are many who do not share the officious delight about NATO, following Mr. Baramidze's logic.