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Caucasian boundaries: a “consolidated” protest from the West2009-05-05 09:52
Signing an agreement for the joint control over the Russian border with Abkhazia and South Ossetia aroused a stormy reaction not only in Georgia but also in EU and NATO countries. Such loud resonance, however, did not at all surprise the Russian MFA.
On the 30th of April, an event happened that has been long waited for in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In more than half a year upon signing the Treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with Russia, young republics at last gained support in protecting their own boundaries. This event is both important and crucial. The sound of firing has been heard on the border between Georgia and South Ossetia almost every day, informational agencies reporting various incidents. Things were not at all smooth at the Abkhazian border either. That is why it was Moscow, on whose help Tskhinval and Sukhum were putting hope in their striving for peaceful existence. But the comments made by a number of the Western officials and international organizations raise
doubts as to their genuine interest in a stable situation in the South Caucasus.
"This action does not contribute to the interests of long-term peace and security in the region", - Interfax is quoting James Appathurai, an official NATO representative. - North Atlantic Alliance believes that signing an agreement between President of Russia Dmitri Medvedev and his colleagues from South Ossetia and Abkhazia Eduard Kokoity and Sergey Bagapsh violates the peace agreement that was reached with EU acting as a mediator".
The NATO official's statement made in a "cold war" manner makes one surprised at the distortion of facts and realities: the "Medvedev-Sarkozy" plan has been turned into the EU initiative, and the officials are trying to comment on the conditions that the Head of the Russian state, one of the authors of the peace agreement, has set himself. Statements made by other official Western representatives sound no less ridiculous. At a recent meeting of their leaders, Russia and the USA have already determined their approach to the situation in the South Caucasus. Each party remained of the same opinion. That is why actions in Moscow did not make any secret, as well as the reaction of our Western partners.