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NATO’s enlightenment2010-03-25 23:18
In almost two weeks after the scandalous broadcast aired by the Georgian Imedi channel, NATO responded at last to this media provocation. The North-Atlantic Alliance estimated the trick of the Georgian TV team as "unwise" and "harmful". The official block representative James Appathurai made a statement before the meeting of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the president of the republic Mikhail Saakashvili. Perhaps, there was a reason for that.
As was reported earlier by GeorgiaTimes, on March 13, the Imedi Georgian TV channel provoked panic throughout the country by broadcasting a program about the alleged attack of the Russian troops and the murder of the country's President Mikhail Saakashvili. Having warned the audience that the TV channel is airing a scenario which is possible only "if the Georgian society does not consolidate against the Russian plan", the TV company started the Special Report program with a usual news logo and told the people about the intrusion and the murder of the country's president.
The TV company showed the people trying to escape from Tbilisi in panic. It was stated that the chaos has spread over Gori, Mtskheta and other regions. The program caused true panic throughout the country, for those who saw the news logo took the report seriously. People all over the country started calling each other, as well as the broadcasting studio to find out what was going on. Later on, Imedi apologized before the audience for the report that was "an imitation and did not correspond to reality".
Soon, Russian Permanent Representative to NATO Dmitriy Rogozin made a supposition that the TV fake was not meant for the domestic use but was addressed to the West. "I believe that the show was arranged for the external protectors; however, I am sure that they will be totally embarrassed by the trick played by the Caucasian puppet", - the diplomat stated. Rogozin called upon the alliance to pay attention to the fact that each time they contact the official Tbilisi everyone witnesses "the President's inadequate actions". Nevertheless, NATO refused to comment upon Imedi's TV piece then.
The North Atlantic Alliance collected itself only in two weeks. Before that, official representative of the block James Appathurai referred to the Imedi program as to "unwise" and "harmful". "NATO does not regard it to be positive", - he added.
There is a logical question: what may Brussels' silence be attributed to? And why did the block respond only now?