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More manpower for the Abkhazian and South-Ossetian armies2009-06-18 15:01
Soon, Russia is going to sign the agreements on military cooperation with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The corresponding direction was given by Dmitri Medvedev on June, 16. Such serious step is grounded by the fact that the monitoring missions are gradually going away from the South Caucasus, leaving the young republics face to face with Georgia.
According to RIA Novosti, the designed draft agreements imply the construction of military bases at the parties' mutual agreement to ensure stability in the region. Moscow, Sukhum and Tskhinval are going to cooperate in the field of enhancing the military security and air space control, as well as in the field of military intelligence and initiation of the military interstate transport. Moreover, the project implies manpower training for the armies of those two republics, as well as the weapons and equipment supply.
Such measures are obviously aimed at throwing cold water on Tbilisi, which, according to Head of the RF Joint Staff Nikolai Makarov, continues "to build up its military forces in order to settle the territorial problem of Georgia through the use of force". Alongside with that, the general pointed out that the Russian Ministry of Defense is not going to enlarge the number of servicemen at the military bases in the young republics.
Ensuring stability in the region became the number-one issue for Sukhum when the UN Security Council failed to agree upon the UN new mission mandate in the South Caucasus. The Abkhazian authorities leave open the possibility of provocative actions on the part of Georgia. "The UN mission has always acted as a bumper, - the republic government press-service is quoting Head of MIA Sergey Shamba. - And now we are left without any middlemen, without the separating party, and the situation is changing in this aspect; we are currently putting hopes on security and our partner relationship with Russia". According to the Abkhazian diplomat, the draft military agreement with Moscow is already being discussed in the republican parliament.