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Mikhail Saakashvili’s unlearned lessons2009-12-28 15:00
Head of the Russian Foreign Policy Administration Sergey Lavrov summarized the diplomatic achievements of the expiring year 2009 in his interview given to Russian Newspaper and published today. He paid much attention to the situation in the Caucasus and the post-conflict settlement after the aggression undertaken by Saakashvili's regime in August 2008. As he said, both Europe and Washington realize that one cannot let this adventure to occur again.
As was expected, in his interview, the head of the Russian MFA paid much attention to the problem of security and the way the Russian diplomatic administration contributed to promoting Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev's initiative on developing the European Security Treaty.
"We are generally satisfied with the way the discussion of this matter goes on. Our partners' reaction shows that the problems of the European Atlantic security architecture are admitted worldwide", - the minister stated.
Nevertheless, he thought it necessary to pay attention to the fact that so far, most NATO members prefer to insist upon the "improvement" of the existing structures. In their opinion, the North-Atlantic alliance is changing as well, so one should not be afraid of its enlargement, there is no "cold war" and we have turned from enemies into partners, and so on and so forth. "This is no answer", Sergey Lavrov said; the Russian government does not regard it as a serious approach.
"The need of equal safety space within Euro-Atlantics will never vanish, whatever happens. Our draft project is aimed at this purpose; its task is to fix inseparable security in the international legal aspect but only in the form of political declarations made in 1990. By the way, - the Russian politician specially underlined, - our partners' reaction to our suggestion that these declarations should be turned into an international legal instrument will show whether they were sincere enough in the 90s when promising that the safety would be inseparable and no country would ensure its own safety at the other countries' cost.
Sergey Lavrov especially underlined the understanding of the consequences of the Caucasian crisis in the expiring year. "The first reaction, - he said, - was reflex, instinctive, it was in the "cold war" logics manner: there is Saakashvili who is totally open to the West with all his heart and soul and there are those who have hurt him but this reaction did not stand the test of time".