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Nikolayev Bridge restored in Georgia. The war is cancelled2009-07-02 11:05
Nikolayev Bridge near Mamison passage the explosion of which was interpreted as a sign that a possible war can begin has been restored. The bridge will be opened today and as the president's plenipotentiary administration in Rkacha-Lechkhum-Kvem Svaneti reports it will be immediately ready for use. However the topic of war is pushed through in Georgian, Russian and Western media.
The explosion of Nikolayev bridge on the Chanchakhi river (the Rioni tributary) on the border was one of the reasons why confrontation between the authorities and opposition grew tenser. The opposition was accusing the authorities of alleged deliberate transfer of 20 square kilometers of the Georgian land to Russian militaries. There was information in the Georgian media that the USA were going to set up their radar there. And that the next warfare is to start in that place.
Arguments about Nikolayev Bridge near Mamison passage coincided with the "forecasts" on a new war to start on June 29, the beginning of Caucasus 2009 exercises Russia is holding. Thanks God it's the second month of summer now and there is no war yet. Besides Nikolayev Bridge has been restored. Now it's pointless to argue about "a retreat without a combat" of the Georgian border guards. It seems the implacable opponents - Georgian oppositionists and authorities - will not be able to play this card in their internal political game.
But the media and experts obstinately keep pursuing the topic of a new war in the Caucasus. The Times asserts the military drills in the run-up to US President Barack Obama's visit to Russia is a demonstration of failed attempts to integrate Georgia into NATO. According to ex advisor to the Russian president, now President of the Institute of Situational Analysis Andrey Illarionov the Russian-Georgian war might resume after July 6, immediately after the end of the exercises. However predictions of the disgraced presidential advisor are disproved by the fact that Barack Obama's arrival in Moscow is planned for July 6. The key point of his conversations with Dmitry Medvedev is "reset" of American-Russian relations. The Georgian issue is now in the background.
Another question is whether the long-desired "reset" will be real. According to Financial Times (Great Britain) correspondent a lot depends on who will use the "G-word" and what effect it will have. As the journalist of this reputable newspaper believes the "G-word" is Georgia, "the fiercely independent former Soviet republic wedged between the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountains".