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The USA are considering ways to push Georgia into NATO2008-11-21 12:58
A mechanism that would allow accession of a country into the alliance without NATO's Membership Action Plan (MAP) is now being searched for in Washington.
The Americans have to look for a bypass because of the behavior of Paris and Berlin. At the Bucharest summit last April the representatives of France and Germany made a stand against the MAP for Georgia and Ukraine. Reasonably Washington dreads the history repeating in December when the question emerges at the meeting of foreign ministers of NATO countries in Brussels. An American diplomat told anonymously what the State Department was doing at the moment.
"Certainly we are considering Georgia's accession to NATO, - he stated. - The matter is whether we'll be able to find a mechanism that would allow it to join NATO without a MAP" On June 18 in Capitol the Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Freed reassured: Bush's administration is convinced that Georgia and Ukraine must be included in MAP in December.
"Though we did not come to a consensus in Bucharest the alliance leaders stated in their final communiqué that Georgia and Ukraine would be future NATO members, - he reminded.
Moscow wasn't happy about these revelations. On November 19 the ministry of defense Serdyukov stated at the conference in Ankara that the North Atlantic brotherhood would be a burden to Georgia.
"We are concerned about the Georgian authorities growing military potential and trying to "drag" the country into NATO. Georgia's striving to join the alliance may trigger a more serious conflict than it was in August". On November 20 the State Department spokesman Sean McCormack emphasized at the briefing for the journalists that Russia had no voting right in NATO. And that is why it cannot decide what state should or should not be admitted to the alliance.
Tbilisi was delighted: Serdyukov was cut down to size. Though the latter made it very clear that Russia did not need any voting right. Moscow has enough levers of influence.