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Today Georgia for NATO is «low-profile»2009-06-10 10:35
A week later after ending the NATO exercises Cooperative Longbow 09/Cooperative Lancer 09 that took place in Georgia the information space was roused by the news: some countries participating in the alliance treated the military maneuvres quite coldly. This was declared the other day by the permanent representative of Russia in the North Atlantic block Dmitry Rogozin.
«These military exercises were an absurd action, Ekho Moskvy cites the Russian diplomat. - And many NATO men understood it, especially military men. I spoke to some commanders, including some Spanish people who commanded these military exercises in Georgia, and now I can thank them for the fact that they did their best to make them, as diplomats say, low-profile».
So far NATO representatives do not amplify upon the practical benefits of the alliance from the maneuvres on the Georgian «Vaziani» range. As well as if the exercises were successful, if they managed to realize their plans. Of course, after the official closure of the maneuvres the Georgian authorities were quite lavish of conclusions. «In spite of the tense internal situation, Georgia successfully managed the assigned task: our army and Ministry of Defense did everything according to the NATO standards», Rosbalt cited the State Minister for the matters of Euroatlantic Integration Georgy Baramidze.
Having conducted some headquarter and field exercises near Tbilisi, on 8 June Brussels easily switched to naval ones, this time near the Northern borders of Russia in the Baltic sea. As though the notorious story of the Vaziani maneuvres had never happened. So Rogozin's words on the loss of interest in Georgian military shows in Georgia are likely to reflect the real picture. But what is the cause of such a cool attitude: the changed NATO priorities or the success of Russian diplomats? Obviously both.
Now the alliance is extremely interested in Russia's support to somehow cut the Afghan knot. In a situation when on the Southern borders of Russia the alliance servicemen fly to the unquiet Georgia, even tacit consent of Moscow was clearly too little. And when, making a rigid declaration on the unacceptability of maneuvres where war operations were held just some time ago, Russia indicated that it was not going to accept the NATO activity, Brussels, willing or not, had to find a way out of the dead end created by itself.
Probably it was after the confidential conversation of the American President Barak Obama and the Head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov that the NATO maneuvres crawled to the finish without any rush.