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Georgia lays down its arms before NATO

2011-11-09 21:00

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If Georgia joins NATO, it won't be able to involve the Alliance in the war with Russia. Such a promise was made by Speaker of Georgian Parliament David Bakradze, adding that today the threat of armed conflict with its northern neighbor is significantly lower than in 2008. Georgian politicians are seeking to get an encouraging response from the West. But no one hurry to take Sakartvelo into NATO, despite numerous promises.


Russia and NATO can sleep easy - Georgia has generously promised not to wage a war with its powerful northern neighbor, if it joins the alliance. This statement was made by Speaker of Georgian Parliament David Bakradze in an interview with American newspaper Washington Post, speaking of a hypothetical accession to NATO.

"We unilaterally pledged not to use force, so we are in no way to create problems for NATO in terms of article five (the fifth article of the treaty establishing NATO says that an attack on one NATO member country "is considered an attack on all" with the appropriate response - Ed.) or a possible military confrontation between Georgia and Russia", said Bakradze.

One gets the impression that the problems with Moscow are the only obstacle in the way of Georgia into the Alliance. And Bakradze is convincing nervous timid Europeans that the war will not take place: Sakartvelo doesn't "create any problems" and Russia "would not dare" attack Georgia.

"We still hear the threatening statements from Russian leaders, said Bakradze. But it seems to me that in current international situation, Russia will hardly dare for a large-scale use of military force against Georgia. So if you ask me, I will tell that the probability of a new invasion or large-scale conflict is low, and it is much lower than before the 2008 conflict".

The only trouble is that no one asks Bakradze about this. NATO, speaking seriously, has got other questions to Georgia, and even if Tbilisi would now merge into ecstasy with Moscow, it may not move Sakartvelo on its path.

Not so long ago, just last spring, the special representative of Secretary General of NATO on South Caucasus and Central Asia, NATO Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs James Appathurai violated the practice of praise Sakartvelo for victorious advancement on the path to democracy and made clear claims to Tbilisi. He specifically pointed out what Georgia needed in order to qualify for membership in the Alliance. It should be noted that establishment relations with Russia was not a requirement.

"We have political standards, military standards and issues of human rights, freedoms, explained Deputy Secretary General. Georgia remains committed to NATO, and we support them in this. But, frankly, this is long and complex path".

Georgia should not be charmed open a joyful smile of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, with which he praised the "achievements" of Tbilisi. At the same time Rasmussen does not assume absolutely no obligation, except encouragement and reassurance in the fact that "they will help Georgia to continue on the path of reform". We have to make a disappointing conclusion: NATO has only general and vague praise and a very clear claim for Georgia.

In such a situation Sakartvelo can get meaningless "Audience Award" in the form of verbal support from the Secretary General of NATO, but not a full-fledged award - the actual membership.

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