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Is NATO acting in the Caucasus according to the “cold war” logic?2009-04-23 17:50
The United States keep insisting upon the fact that the NATO military exercises in Georgia planned for May present no danger to Russia. This was stated by Robert Wood, the State Department's Deputy Spokesman, and John Beyrle, the USA ambassador to Russia, on April, 22.
"I have heard of the statements expressing Russia's concern about these military exercises, - Newsru.com is quoting Robert Wood. - These manoeuvres present danger neither to Russia, nor to any one else. We have planned them long before; they are a natural component of the relationship between NATO and Georgia. These exercises are aimed to help Georgia reach the NATO standards".
John Beyrle, the USA ambassador to Russia, is in full sympathy with his colleague. "Such manoeuvres have been conducted for many years, - BBC is quoting him. - This is a regular routine, and I see nothing unexpected in it". At the same time, Beyrle pointed out that he does not hold any information about the American military personnel taking part in these exercises.
Well, the USA seem to modify the tone of the discussion on the notorious military manoeuvres in the "Vaziani" training area. And, frankly speaking, they do not seem to make much progress so far. It is interesting to mention that a week ago, in his interview to "Izvestia", Beyrle himself said that the United States and Russia "have restored the habit of consulting with each other". "We have to get used to an ordinary constructive dialogue again, - the American diplomat said. This is the first step to a "reload". Is Washington really going to interpret the military exercises in Georgia in the context of the notorious reload?
Meanwhile, MFA of Russia keeps criticizing the alliance's idea to hold military manoeuvres in Georgia. The Russian foreign policy administration believes that NATO's planned exercises, as well as the USA's intention to continue arms delivery to Tbilisi, are an obvious violation of a number of agreements, which have been reached together with the USA and other countries. This opinion was shared by Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: "We are talking about the agreements in the field of the arms delivery control regime, as well as about at least two of the OSCE documents that require refraining from arms delivery to the conflict zones, - "Rosbalt" is quoting. - The aggressor should not be over-armed. This is a direct way to disrupt the situation". According to Ryabkov, the North Atlantic alliance's attempts to explain that these exercises have been planned long ago and that they are not only supported by NATO but are also held within the program called "Partnership for peace", or that they can be characterized as head-quarter exercises do not constitute justification.