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Lavrov urges to be on alert2009-04-08 12:36
Moscow has serious grounds to suspect Tbilisi of preparing a new armed invasion of neighboring republics as stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on April 5.
"We have concerns about continued bellicose rhetoric from Tbilisi, - Lavrov is quoted by Rossiyskaya Gaeta. - Besides Tbilisi's friends have already started arming Saakashvili's regime again. But we have no illusions about the Georgian president. For a very long time, practically throughout his presidency we tried to establish normal cooperation with Georgia". Lavrov reminded that four years earlier Saakashvili had failed to comply with Russian-Georgian agreement on creation of a joint anti-terrorism center. According to the head of the Foreign Ministry it was how Georgia demonstrated its reluctance to cooperate on security issues.
Indeed there is an impression that artificial poisoning of relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia was like playing into the hands of Tbilisi when all conflicts could be settled with full respect of Georgia's territorial integrity. At the meeting between Dmitry Medvedev and Mikheil Saakashvili last June the latter promised to adopt an agreement on non-use of force with Tskhinval and Sukhum. Instead of this was an underhanded attack on the Olympic Opening day.
The most astonishing thing is not this. Half a year later the Georgian president seems not to have realized his mistakes and keeps speaking about "continuation of struggle", "deoccupation" and "ousting the last enemy soldier". At the time when Europe took a diplomatic break waiting for the results of the investigation into August events by the EU international committee, the Georgian leader pursues his aggressive rhetoric. Strictly speaking this is how he indirectly admits his guilt. According to Sergey Lavrov it is not only Saakashvili who can be punished after promulgation of the final statement:
"We want everyone who in one way or other was connected with the August events to cooperate with the EU committee. So that the committee established the role of the countries arming Georgia, saw the type of arms and their supply channels. Whether they were legal or not, their prices. The way all this complies with the Codes adopted in the European Union and OSCE prohibiting supply of offensive arms to the conflict zones".
It should be acknowledged that now Georgia's patrons are primarily busy restoring the republic's defensive capacity. But what was there before August? Why were the international observers so inert?
The answers to these questions can be found in Heidi Tagliavini's investigation results. Some people are sure not to like them.