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Maneuvers undermining partnership and peace

2009-04-21 20:10

"With Russian policy becoming more active in our region the USA are also finding ways to restrain extension of Russian influence, - Ildrym Mamedov, a military expert believes as reported on lnews.az. - Following last August events Georgia is going through enhancement of the Russian factor in the South Caucasian policy but now we can see the West responding in an attempt to push Russia out of South Caucasus and Central Asia. NATO's large-scale exercises in Georgia and Azerbaijan are the USA's demonstration of who rules the world".

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There is a lot of truth in what the expert says. Indeed Russia's stronger position in South Caucasus makes NATO counteract. Such a policy however does not agree with the notorious reset in NATO-Russia relations the West proclaimed. What tendency will turn more viable: hegemonistic aspirations or a reset? If the latter prevails then it will become necessary to be able to hear the partner for the build-up of relations "with a blank sheet". And Russia has quite an understandable and well-grounded opinion on the exercises in Georgia. Firstly the NATO exercise will aggravate the situation in the region that is already quite tense. Secondly, now Georgia is in the middle of the protest actions against Mikheil Saakashvili's regime. That is why military maneuvers are

nothing but intervention into the sovereign state's internal affairs and the alliance's attempt to provide support to the initiator of the August aggression that caused numerous deaths of civilians as well as Russian peacekeepers. For some reason the West doesn't like recalling that.

The fact that Tbilisi takes the NATO exercises as direct encouragement is evident from the Georgian politicians' words. "It is most important NATO doesn't reject military exercises in Georgia", - David Darchiashvili, the head of parliamentary committee on European integration told in an interview with Kommersant radio. Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze is overdiplomatic - as usual: "Russia has no right to dictate us conditions, and it had better hold back from comments on the NATO exercises in Georgia...", - Interfax quotes.

"Georgia is publicly displaying its intention to bring NATO to its territory", - Vice Speaker of the Russian State Duma Oleg Morozov stated, OSinform IA reports. And NATO doesn't seem to be absolutely sure how much it really needs the maneuvers that undermine relations with Russia. In the meantime due to various reasons Estonia, Latvia and Kazakhstan refused to take part in the exercises. The new independent states - Abkhazia and South Ossetia - are going to organize their own maneuvers in return.

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