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Georgia spares no means: so far2009-10-26 23:18
As the history shows, it is only the bankers who benefit from wars, for the wars only bring suffering to the people and force the government to run into debt. A half-billion euro deficit was discovered in the NATO budget mostly incurred by the costly military actions in Afghanistan. However, the Alliance is not going to reconsider its plans so far, while the American instructors continue training the Georgian servicemen for the participation in the Middle East military operations.
Crisis has made many ambitious geopolitical players tame their appetite. However, this has had practically no effect on the North-Atlantic alliance and the USA's support of Georgia - so far, perhaps. The Pentagon's budget is cut down, while a gap was discovered in NATO's budget.
Last week, ministers of defense of 28 member-states of NATO discussed the distressing condition of the alliance's funds in the capital of Slovakia Bratislava. "Member-countries have set the tasks that we have no means to pay for. Things cannot go this way any longer", - stated Secretary General of the Alliance Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The alliance budget is irreparably damaged by the continuing expansion of NATO operations in Afghanistan, the continuation of the mission in the Balkans and the protection of the Somali coast against pirates, the MIGnews.com portal reported.
The point is that the alliance governing body did not reveal any precise figures, so at first the military experts supposed that the current deficit of the NATO budget exceeds 50 million euros, or 75 million dollars.
This amount is completed by the losses of NATO investment portfolio incurred as a result of the global financial crisis and valued at 8-10 billion euros.
The lack of funds is attributed to the alliance's growing demands compared to the times of the Soviet Union collapse when the majority of the member countries reduced their membership fees to the amount required to maintain only the administrative structure of NATO.
As it had been expected, during the meeting in Bratislava the servicemen were to persuade the politicians to increase their expenses. According to Rasmussen, the allies have got to "set their priorities; they should jointly allocate the means and rationalize their expenses".
In a few days, referring to the Brussels radio station Contact, RIA Novosti reported that the gap in the NATO budget amounted to almost 550 million euros instead of the stated 50 million.