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NATO and Saakashvili nursing Napoleon’s ambitions2009-04-15 15:58
While Tbilisi is roaring with the protest actions the armies of NATO member states are getting prepared for May exercises on the Georgian training ground in Vasiani. According to the Russian side this is how the North Atlantic Alliance supports Saakashvili's regime that has discredited itself.
"Multinational NATO exercises in the territory of Georgia may be viewed as the alliance's intervention in the country's internal affairs considering the political situation when the Georgian opposition started an open-ended protest action, - Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's Plenipotentiary to NATO is quoted by RIA Novosti. According to him from the outside the exercise looks not only like support for Mikheil Saakashvili but like a challenge to the Georgian opposition and most importantly to Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Russia who "cannot be neutral about this situation". "Any attempts to invigorate Saakashvili's regime look monstrous towards the victims brought to the altar of his Napoleon's ambitions", - Rogozin summed up.
It will be remembered that the exercise with 23 NATO member states and NATO partners as participants will continue from May 3 to June 3 within "Partnership for Peace" program. Here is a reasonable question: and for what strictly speaking peace are the military maneuvers planned? As now Georgia is far from peaceful - each day the media anxiously expect the news on the start of radical actions from either the authorities or the opposition. It is appropriate to recall the current president's territorial claims and modernization of the army he has been actively busy with on the pretext of bringing it to NATO standards.
By the way the American officers that came to Georgia not long ago were satisfied with Saakashvili's army. And Barack Obama addressed the Congress asking for extra funds "for military and diplomatic expenses". According to RBC USD 242 mln are planned to be given as "aid to the Georgian government". What kind of aid will it be is not clear yet but according to preliminary information this money will be used for new arms procurement as lots of old arms were lost at the time of the August conflict.
Washington keeps considering Tbilisi a privileged partner in the Caucasus. It will be remembered that as early as in 2003 the USA and Georgia signed a treaty on military cooperation, defacto.am writes. In compliance with it redeployment of any American military equipment to the territory of Georgia must be done upon the first request of the US Army Forces Command that is free to relocate it further on.