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Take me with you, NATO!2010-02-09 23:41
Georgian MFA declared readiness for action in the context of the country's entering into the North-Atlantic alliance. According to Head of the administration Grigol Vashadze, the only obstruction is the fear of Moscow's reaction, although, in December, Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen asserted that neither Georgia, nor Ukraine was ready for membership. Besides, so long as the Russian military doctrine pronounced the expansion of the military block to be the main threat to the country the Alliance should not tease "the bear" with making promises to Tbilisi.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze delivered a number of rather strange speeches in Rome. His idea was that the conditions for joining NATO are met and that his country is ready to join the alliance but the only hindrance is Russia's position.
As is known, one of the basic criteria for obtaining NATO Membership Action Plan is the settlement of the territorial problems, which is possible either when Georgia miraculously regains control over Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or if it gives up any territorial claims. Both conditions seem to be unreal considering today's political deadlock.
Nevertheless, the head of the Georgian foreign policy administration is gambling on the issue of joining the alliance, interchanging cause and consequence. He says, "If Georgia joined the Alliance, Russia would have to recognize its independence and territorial integrity no matter what the circumstances are".
Let us remind you that the organization with the four-ray wind rose symbol takes time to admit Ukraine or Georgia to membership.
In December 2009, during his speech delivered in Moscow, Secretary General of the Alliance Anders Fogh Rasmussen assured the Russian audience that the organization does not refuse to accept new members but they must meet NATO standards. "Ukraine and Georgia do not yet meet those criteria and we have started negotiating with them in order to reform those societies", - he underlined.
Naturally, the situation in Georgia could not change profoundly within two months. However, this fact did not prevent the representatives of the official Tbilisi from assuring the Italians of their full readiness.
In his interview to ANSA news agency after negotiating with his Italian colleague Franco Frattini, Vashadze underlined that it is so far impossible to name the date of Georgia's potential entrance into the North-Atlantic Alliance.