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Expert on Russia to take care of Georgian security2009-10-19 22:50
US Assistant Secretary of Defense Alexander Vershbow is coming to Tbilisi tonight. The main subject of negotiations will be US military aid for provision of security in the region. Will it be only moral or also material assistance from overseas?
In the run-up to the visit Georgian Deputy FM Alexander Nalbandov explained that Vershbow's arrival is within the framework of Strategic Partnership Charter signed in January 2009.
As Rosbalt reports in Tbilisi Vershbow is expected to discuss issues of reformation of the Georgian armed forces, the country's engagement in NATO operations in Afghanistan and security in the region in general. Four joint working groups for cooperation on democracy, security, economic development and Georgia-US relations have been set up under the Georgian-US Charter on Strategic Partnership.
Tbilisi is putting high hopes on this visit. According to the European integration parliamentary committee chairman David Darchiashvili the "US aid to Georgia will not stop in spite of emotions of the third country".
As Trend reports Vershbow is at the head of the US delegation that will take part in the working group on security under the Charter. The next meetings of the group will take place in November and December.
Georgian media highlight that a short while before the visit to Tbilisi Vershbow made a loud statement: "We don't agree with Russia's embargo on supplying arms to Georgia and the US will continue assisting Georgia". According to the Georgian press the statement was made at an international forum attended by the current EU Chairman, Swedish FM Carl Bildt on Gotland island of Sweden.
By the way it was Vershbow who said the following after publication of the report by the EU commission led by Tagliavini that claims that Georgia initiated the war: "Regardless of the conclusions of the EU Commission the US will continue to support the territorial integrity of Georgia".
Now it is believed in Tbilisi that Vershbow's visit is a kind of sign for Russia. Soso Tsiskarishvili, a politologist believes that Vershbow's visit "is a message to Russia in connection with its aggressive policy".
"First of all Vershbow's visit is a desire to set up contacts with the people in defense, it is also a clear signal to Moscow that Moscow's aggression against Georgia will not be backed by the US or the West, but the US will not assume responsibility for Georgia's unexpected decisions", - the Georgian media quote.