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Medvedev scares Tbilisi with a formality2011-08-04 20:08
Last week Russian president Dmitry Medvedev submitted treaty on facilitation of the customs regime with Abkhazia to the State Duma. Georgia's foreign office was quick to accuse the Kremlin of provocations in the run-up to the next round of talks on Russia's WTO entry. Rehabilitating itself in the eyes of the West that views Tbilisi as an obstacle for strategic partnership with Russia, Georgian diplomats ignore the fact that the customs document was signed last autumn.
Russia remains the last big economy outside the World Trade Organization. All big players in world economy favor Russia's membership and US president Barack Obama puts Russia's integration into the global trade space as one of the main priorities of his foreign policy. Yesterday this was confirmed by Ad Verona, president and director general of the American-Russian business council in an interview with RIA Novosti after his meeting with first deputy of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - William Burns. "Mr. Burns said that Russia's accession into WTO continues to be an important goal of US politics toward Russia", - Mr. Verona remarked.
WTO director general Pascal Lamy even called a desirable date of Moscow's entry. "I believe that Russia will adhere in the near future. I would say before the end of this year", - he said in an interview with Reuters agency.
Stefan Johannesson, chair of the working group for Russia's accession into WTO has the same dates in mind. "At the time of consultations Stefan Johannesson, chair of the working group for Russia's accession into WTO suggested following technical possibilities to complete talks before the end of the year in order discuss Russia's WTO entry at a session of the general council on December 14-16", - Maxim Medvedkov, head of the Russian delegation of negotiators, stated.
Considering all facts above, Washington and Brussels get more and more annoyed at Tbilisi's asinine stubbornness insisting on its right to decide who is eligible of WTO membership and who is not. Yet, it becomes still more difficult for Saakashvili's regime under pressure of its main sponsors, so Georgian officials have to invent new excuses for their Russophobic policies. Now Tbilisi bureaucrats point to an utterly domestic event - Dmitry Medvedev's submission of a treaty on facilitation of the customs regime with Abkhazia to State Duma.
"When the Georgian side is ready to start solving existing problems between Russia and Georgia with specific actions, what the Russian president does evidences that Russia does not want to hold talks with the Georgian side in a constructive key", - Sergo Kapanadze, deputy FM minister of Georgia told Freedom radio.
Leaving Tbilisi's "readiness to start solving" problems between two states behind (this "readiness" was again demonstrated by a scandal over the photographers referred to as "Russian spies"), total groundlessness of claims of the Georgian ministry of foreign affairs can't be ignored. The agreement between Moscow and Sukhum became a fact of international relations last autumn, but all these months diplomats of the Transcaucasian state were strangely silent. Only now that the Russian leader formally passed the document to parliament, they started to yell. All this looks like an attempt to rehabilitate themselves in the eyes of the West by accusing Moscow of low competence and disability to pursue a real political dialogue. But, as it happened more than once, the Georgian diplomat said more than he wanted to.