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NATO’s Georgian card2009-05-27 23:27
NATO Parliamentary Assembly decided to form the NATO-Georgia Commission at the Oslo summit. Parliamentarians of the NATO member states condemned Russia's actions last August. At the same time Georgia's accession to the alliance remains a distant prospect.
The document on the alliance's relations with Russia adopted at the Assembly session and comprising 48 clauses has no hint at diplomacy. According to Rosbalt with reference to Imedi TV (Georgia) it Russia's actions are considered an "occupation, intervention and intrusion" in Georgia. Nevertheless it is remarked in the document that NATO is willing to cooperate with Moscow but not at the cost of concessions from the alliance. According to the NATO parliamentarians "Russia considers the alliance's expansion as an encroachment on its interests and makes use of precarious levers to prevent Georgia's and Ukraine's accession to the military bloc".
The Parliamentary Assembly's document is quite disputable. Firstly, Saakashvili's regime has not been much favored in the West recently. Here are the words of Germany's ex Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder who called the Georgian president an "adventurist" in his recent interview. Secondly the international organizations are not so zealous in supporting Georgian leaders and try to be wise dealing with the problems of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. For instance the representatives of the young republics were invited to the PACE latest session and the UN's Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his report to the UN Security Council on May 18 omitted mention of Abkhazia as part of Georgia.
Apparently the military bloc is seeking a pretext to justify its own existence. And if there is none, it will be invented. Think how many officials live on NATO structures? And they were nurtured at the time of the Cold War. How many politicians climb up the career ladder on the confrontation slogans? And if earlier they intimidated the world with "the Soviet threat", now they try to do it with Russia as a threat. These people are not restricted in means. Their main objective is to break down the declared "reset" of Washington-Moscow relations. That is why they push out Russian diplomats who work at the NATO HQ, that is why they are illogically obstinate in holding military exercises at the training area in Vaziani. So one more anti-Russian document is little wonder.
Another thing is striking. Speculating on the NATO-Georgia relations the NATO Parliamentary Assembly stipulated in written form that Georgia's accession to the bloc is a distant prospect.