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War as mentality2010-03-31 14:29
Recently official representatives of Tbilisi confirmed Georgia's refusal to sign a non-aggression treaty with Abkhazia and South Ossetia that the young republics consider crucial for security provision in Caucasus. Given that Georgia continues to enhance its military potential and provoke the country's population with false media stories one thing seems absolutely clear - the republic sees no obstacles for a new war.
Signature of a legally binding document on non-use of force in South Caucasus was proposed immediately after tragic events of August 2008. However despite internationally mediated talks between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Geneva there has been no advance in document preparation.
During discussions the Abkhaz, South Ossetian, Georgian and Russian sides shared their views on new security architecture draft in South Caucasus with the European Union outlining its basic elements. Albeit minimalistic, the EU's draft was denominated as "a step in the right direction" by Tbilisi. However, Georgia and the new republics are not unanimous in their vision of security and its maintenance. While representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia press for a non-aggression pact Tbilisi is more concerned over security of refugees and near-border population.
According to official Sukhum, the Georgian side deliberately refuses to sign the document stipulating international guarantees of non-use of force against Abkhazia and South Ossetia thus confirming revanchist plans in both republics.
Russia shares Abkhazia's view. As we know, in November Alexander Shlyakhturov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), noted that Georgia is still getting military aid from NATO, Israel and Ukraine like before August 2008. "NATO countries mainly supply small arms and ammunition to Georgia. The USA are training Georgian troops in line with NATO tactics, Israel ships pilotless aircrafts, Ukraine - heavy weapons like tanks and anti-missile systems", - he said. Later this information was presented by Russian FM Sergey Lavrov. "After the August conflict Tbilisi continues to arm up", - the diplomat said.
At the end of the year Russian NATO Envoy Dmitry Rogozin underlined: Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has restored his country's military potential planning to settle the situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia in a military way. "In point of fact Georgia has undergone complete rearming", - the diplomat said. - This is a real problem we are aware of. No doubt, Russia's political leaders and our Defense Ministry are greatly concerned over the issue".