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Georgia assaulting WTO borders2011-08-15 20:28
Georgia continues throwing grit in Russia's bearings on the latter's way to WTO, Georgian authorities rebuking Moscow for its unwillingness to enter in the trade association. It turns out the Dmitry Medvedev has treacherously violated some secret agreement, having jeopardized Russia's membership in the international organization. Mikhail Saakashvili is by all means trying to make the Kremlin start negotiations on restoring the diplomatic relations.
The United States of America, busy with their problems related to the threat of default, have quite forgotten about the small Caucasian republic. Feeling that the leash becomes longer, Mikhail Saakashvili started behaving as if he were an independent and mighty political person in the international arena. Just a while ago, Washington literally ordered its protégé to ensure Russia's safe entrance in the World Trade Organization. But Georgia's naivety or, perhaps, stupidity makes it think that it will be the decisive party.
Here it turns out that during the recent technical negotiations the neutral Switzerland, which is hopelessly trying to reconcile the opposing parties, proposed to sign an agreement on communication relating to freight transference via the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "Besides information delivery, the Swiss party's proposal contains a plan of locating international observers in the customs check-points to hold control over the goods turnover. If this proposal is acceptable for the RF it will make a serious step towards entering in WTO. If it is not, Russia will have to give up WTO membership, unfortunately", - Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Sergi Kapanadze told in an interview to the Georgian websites.
The news on the attempted pressure on the Kremlin in order to force it make concessions in respect of the so-called Georgian territorial integrity has agitated the public. Negotiations on Russia's entrance in WTO and the details of agreements between Moscow and Tbilisi are known to be confidential but being left without control just for an instant, the Georgian party is happily reporting what was said in the "neutral backstage". The alleged reason for it was Dmitry Medvedev's improper behavior when he violated some
"gentleman's agreement". In fact, Russian president only made it clear that he is not intended to change political decisions taken after the August-2008 events.
Looks like Moscow won't be taken in by low-rate blackmailing - the entrance in the trade community will significantly affect the Russian market, which means diplomacy is the right way. One can mill the wind forever, hinting kindly that membership in WTO will be of definite help to the domestic economy. As for the Georgian obstacles, the Kremlin has long been treating them with a smile. "Using the issue of WTO entrance, our Georgian colleagues are trying to ram through a new political problem, i.e. check-points and who controls what, let's call the European Union and so on. Our position is simple: if you want to know about goods movement, including transit goods movement through the territory of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, we are ready to provide the information in the electronic format and in the most up-to-date manner", - Medvedev underlined.
Well, Sakartvelo is going to face hard times. It becomes clear that Moscow is not going to pay for its entrance in WTO to please the not-shaken-hands-with Georgian leader. Negotiations will be held in Switzerland in the middle of September but what can the two parties discuss if they decided to be irreconcilably defensive? It's high time Georgia thought well and gave up its imperialistic manners.