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Transgressing Georgia

2011-06-25 19:25

The Georgian authorities with their strange desire to make close friends with their Muslim neighbor are risking the "fail state" term. Turkey which is actively investing in the partially recognized state of Abkhazia and in Adjaria, an autonomous region guaranteed by Russia, perfectly remembers about the Kar agreement, too. So it is just waiting for a convenient moment to freshen Georgians' memory a bit. The Sakartvelo parliamentarians castigated official Ankara for such close relations and cried about a strategic partnership but their cries will hardly arrive at the ears of the Turkish government.

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In 2008 Turkey just could not use the moment to start a conflict with Georgia, though at the same time it stated directly that, if Russian troops enter the territory of Adjaria, Ankara will also have to violate the Georgian frontiers. So, while Tbilsi was fighting windmills in the face Russia, the republic could easily grab some more of Sakartvelo's "territorial integrity". And, without any doubt, in the event of another similar shake-up it will not lose the chance any more.

The open frontiers between Turkey and Georgia like kind of a Schengen zone is not a gift to Tbilisi but its curse. Sakartvelo is steadily digging its own grave but seems to be quite glad about such a paradox. In the meantime Ankara applies a good saying: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. And, in spite of some ideological variances with Moscow, the vector of Turkish foreign politics is rapidly falling into the Russian scale.

Ilona Raskolnikova

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