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With NATO without plan2010-03-12 15:48
A discussion of Georgia's annual national NATO cooperation program for 2010 is taking place today in NATO HQ in Brussels. The document will be delivered to the bloc members by Georgy Baramidze, state minister for European integration. Will the alliance back continued reformation of Georgia's current regime?
As we know, in 2008 Tbilisi wasn't given a Membership Action Plan (MAP) and is now working with NATO under annual plans. However last autumn Georgy Baramidze, state minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration stated that Georgia might join NATO without a MAP. Apparently Baramidze referred to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic that had achieved required criteria of their national programs.
Anyway Georgia submitted its new 2010 cooperation plan to NATO HQ in January. According to the authors the document must contribute to closer rapprochement between Georgia and the North Atlantic alliance since Georgia undertakes to reinforce military reforms, exterminate consequences of the August war, pursue anti-corruption activities, provide more freedom to mass media and hold local elections in spring at a level expected from a young democracy.
Some Russian politologists believe that despite August 2008 the West still wants Georgia in NATO. First of all it's Eastern Europe and part of US establishment, so in future a lot will depend on whether these forces will be able to influence the decision on Georgia's accession into the alliance. According to Felix Stanevsky, head of Caucasus department at the Institute of CIS Countries, attempts to drag Georgia closer to NATO will continue. "But there are other forces inside the bloc that don't want to rush realizing that fast rapprochement between Georgia and NATO might destabilize the situation in Caucasus and spoil relations with Russia", - Stanevsky believes.
This is what ex German Chancellor Gerhard Schreuder thinks judging by his recent statement. Presenting a report at the Russian-German forum in Moscow he spoke against Ukraine's and Georgia's accession to NATO. "It must be quite clear that Ukraine's and Georgia's joining NATO will not be in the interests of stability in Europe. Instead of bringing more stability to Europe this step may make it even less stable,"- ITAR-TASS quotes. Schreuder is sure that it was Georgia who unleashed the war in Caucasus. Thus there are people in the republic cooperation with whom is an extremely unlikely prospect.