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A hot-headed Georgian intimidates the West2009-05-20 14:48
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili found another reason why his country should join the ranks of NATO and the European Union. According to the Georgian leader it will defend Georgia against Russia.
"Russians want a new war, - Inopressa quotes Saakashvili's interview with Corriere della Sera (Italian newspaper). - They are enhancing their bases and bring soldiers in violation of international treaties. Thousands of Georgians were evicted from Abkhazia, and there are as many militaries in Ossetia as civilians. They want to impose the siege mentality on us and erect a new Berlin wall that will separate us from Sukhumi and Tskhinvali. What will Europe do? Will it turn a blind eye to that?" According to Mikheil Saakashvili presently Georgia needs to be urgently admitted to the EU and reconsideration of visa regime is the top-priority issue. "NATO promised we would accede but in the end we were left outside. Sooner or later the alliance must realize it's not
worthwhile to keep us as outsiders", - Saakashvili is sure.
Apparently by phrases above the Georgian president is trying to bring it home to NATO and the EU that making Georgia part of these organizations is an emergency. Though Mikheil Nikolayevich's logic is rather shaky. It seems he either doesn't get it or doesn't want to understand: if Georgia is not a NATO and EU member yet there are sound reasons why. So the pragmatic West will hardly be convinced by the speculations on the notorious Russian threat and will act against its will. The tail-wagging-the-dog scenario is out of place, Saakashvili must abandon vain hopes.
"Relationships between the European Union and Russia, including in matters of security, have been going through a time of trials, - ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is quoted by Interfax. - To remedy the situation, effective trust-building measures must be taken. Given this, playing around with this accession game for Ukraine and Georgia must be stopped". He believes that when NATO organizes military exercises in Georgia, just recently a theater of war "sparked by everyone knows who - it's utter stupidity". "The Alliance must promote the discussion with Russia instead of encouraging the adventurist Saakashvili", - Schroeder concluded.
Meanwhile there are rumors from the USA that Barack Obama's administration moved the issue of Georgia's accession into NATO "to the rear stove ring". "This is not the dish Americans are going to cook in the near future, - Alexey Pushkov, director of the Institute for Contemporary International Problems suggested an appropriate metaphor in his interview with KM.ru. - Now Georgia will surely not venture a new war.