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Mrs. Kalandadze’s ostrich position2009-12-01 17:10
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is booming over the European Security Treaty draft posted on RF President's official site. After a while Russia's NATO Envoy Dmitry Rogozin handed the draft prepared by the Russian side to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The document inter alia runs that the Parties to the European Security Treaty will be able to consider an armed attack on other Parties as an armed assault against them and provide military aid to each other. The Parties to the Treaty shall not undertake international commitments in contradiction to the Treaty.
What made Georgian diplomats so resentful over it?
On one hand they state "the document is absurd and won't be considered seriously by any European leader" but they are openly nervous on the other. "Proposing new European security architecture Moscow's aim is to impose its rules of the game", - Nino Kalandadze, Georgian Deputy FM stated at Monday briefing commenting on RF President Dmitry Medvedev's initiative.
"Russia needs such a security mechanism that would provide it with the veto right...According to the new mechanism Russia is trying to determine rules of the game or "co-determine" them at least". - Kalandadze said.
Remarkably, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came forward with the European Security Treaty initiative as early as on June 5 2008 and suggested stipulating "principle of indivisibility of security" in international law which would be an obligation prohibiting all states and all international organizations in Euro-Atlantic zone to strengthen their security at the cost of security of other countries and organizations.
This was followed by the August conflict in Caucasus, as we know. Russian peacekeepers and hundreds of Tskhinval residents who had Russian citizenship fell victims to the Georgian aggression in South Ossetia. The criminal affair launched by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was meant to involve third countries in the conflict. Tbilisi was particularly interested in the US intervention and their NATO allies.
Fortunately common sense of European politicians won and US President Bush's participation was limited to moral support of the new-sprung Georgian Herostratus who set his own home on fire. After that it became clear that Europe needed new security mechanisms since Georgia kept pursuing its revenge intentions to solve South Ossetian and Abkhazian issues by force.