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Vershbow appeased Moscow and Tbilisi2009-10-21 12:40
The visit of US Assistant Secretary of Defense Alexander Vershbow is drawing to an end. He could easily borrow "Mr. No" nickname given to ex Soviet FM Andrey Gromyko: no, the USA will not deploy anti-missile elements in Georgia; no, the USA will not build military bases; no, there have been no talks on Guantanamo prisoners. But Tbilisi doesn't feel sad... The guest from Washington promised to help in development of army, democracy and economy.
Before the start of US Assistant Secretary of Defense Alexander Vershbow's visit Tbilisi was setting great hopes on him. David Darchiashvili chairing European Integration Parliamentary Committee stated that "the US aid to Georgia won't stop in spite of emotions of the third country".
Soso Tsiskarishvili, a politologist, saw a secret sign in this visit thinking that Vershbow's visit "is a message to Russia in connection with its aggressive policy".
As a professional diplomat, Vershbow tried not to disappoint the Georgian politicians though he answered negatively to most of important questions. In follow up to today's meeting it is reported the issue of the Guantanamo prisoners has not been discussed in Georgia. In spite of the fact that Tbilisi gave its consent and would only be glad if the USA asked.
Georgian politicians have been long crossing swords on the possibility of anti-missile defense elements deployment in Georgia. Unasked they proposed the country's territory for radars for the sake of Europe's security. According to the Georgian politicians James Cartwright, Deputy Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff meant Georgia saying that AMD would be located "closer to Caucasus".
The Pentagon is not planning to deploy AMD in Georgia, Vershbow stated today. "We are not consulting with any non-NATO countries and we do not envisage the placement of elements of our new architecture on the territory of non-NATO member states," - Reuters quotes Vershbow's statement.
As Rosbalt reports, Vershbow also remarked that Washington was holding preliminary talks with Russia on "possible contributions it could make with its own assets to cooperative missile defense".
The high-ranking US guest frustrated other dreams of Georgian politicians. Washington "is not discussing or considering creation of military bases in Georgia", - Vershbow stated.