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Tbilisi lost NATO in the war2011-10-25 14:59
The war in South Ossetia ended three years ago, but Georgia still can not come to terms with the independence of their former enclaves. State-controlled media have reported to the authorities: it turns out, it was planed to prevent the Caucasus republic to enter into NATO.
Ignominious defeat of the Georgian army in the war of 2008, when Saakashvili decided to launch "Operation Clean Field", has become a byword. Eating a tie and rolling on the ground in search of shelter from the alleged Russian bombers - all of this did not add Georgia political weight in the international stage. But Tbilisi has already found those guilty in all its failings - of course, it is Russia. At the same time, main trouble of Georgian authorities - is misinterpretation of others' speeches.
So, in August 2008, Mikhail Saakashvili had a curious conversation with the then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Mikhail Saakashvili complained to the U.S. administration on disobedience of their enclaves, and that the surge of "separatism" puts him in front of a difficult choice: to send troops into South Ossetia or not. Apparently, the White House was fed up with tantrums of Georgian vassal, that's why they just brushed aside and said "Do what you want". Since then, the United States diplomacy in the Caucasus collapsed as a house of cards, and Georgian leader lost trust of international community.
Mishiko had naively assumed that such answer - is a direct call to action, but neither he nor America did not expect that Russia would guide itself so quickly at that moment and send a huge number of troops to the borders of South Ossetia. Fighting spirit of the Georgians, who already did not quite understand why they had to shoot their neighbors and former Soviet fellows, was in serious decline. Not surprisingly, the Russian army managed to push the invaders back to Tbilisi so fast.
But the lesson that Russia has taught man who imagines himself the navel of the Caucasus, apparently was in vain. When the first wave of western indignation at actions of Moscow calmed down, and Heidi Tagliavini's report was unveiled, Georgia took a different path. They began to analyze which exactly actions led to the fact that today Tbilisi has no real chance of joining the European Union and accession to NATO. Recently, the Russian permanent representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin told reporters about the results of his work. However, Georgian media clearly keeps watch after everything what the Russian diplomats say to other "press-gang", to digest it in its national pot and spit out hot headlines for the amusement of the public. For example, "Rogozin explained essence of Russian aggression".
"What we have achieved? We have achieved that Ukraine - is not a NATO member, we have achieved that Georgia - is not a NATO member, we have achieved that we have not caved in on the negotiations on missile defense, and the deadlock was caused by precisely our unwillingness to compromise which may come at the expense of our security. They were surprised by the speed and decisiveness of the decision on the introduction of significant military forces into battle. That is the Russian political leadership (as it should be understood, this was mistake of Georgian leadership) sent the troops, despite the fact that NATO could have stood for Georgia. That is we made so tough decision and got involved into the conflict because we knew that truth is on our side. And it shocked many", Rogozin commented Russia's policy in the FSU.