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Yakobashvili teaching politics to Sarkozy2010-10-22 20:20
State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration Teymuraz Yakobashvili has expressed his authoritative opinion on an urgent international political matter. He prohibited France to sell the Mistral helicopter carrier to Russian servicemen. In his anti-Russian rigorism, Yakobashvili even outdid his boss, the irreconcilable Mikheil Saakashvili.
Georgian state minister considers the armament systems and other equipment supplies to Russia to be inexpedient. "Europe's safety depends on many elements; among all, it is necessary for Europe to have some responsible states that really comply with the conditions. Unfortunately, Russia is not such a country and it wants to ensure security at the neighbor's expense. Thus, we consider it inexpedient to sell arms and equipment of any type to them", - Tbilisi integrator shared his ideas on foreign policy. He made a remark that according to the current information, Russian servicemen are going to acquire a French helicopter without any complicated machines or equipment. The fact that the point at issue is practically a big ferry did not quench Mr. Yakobashvili's
Even Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili takes a more weighed position on the matter. He stated that he thinks the issue of selling the Mistral French helicopter carrier to Russia an affair to be settled solely between Paris and Moscow. "What is happening between Russia and France is a bilateral matter. Of course, we've got our own ideas and concern and, of course, we have touched upon the matter during negotiations", - Sakartvelo leader told the journalists in Elysee after his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Earlier, deputy head of the Georgian foreign policy administration Nino Kalandadze made a statement similar to that of Teymuraz Yakobashvili's. The foreign policy official stated that Russia's acquisition of the Mistral French helicopter carrier presents a potential threat not only for Georgia but for the whole region as well. According to her, Georgia and France's opinion on the matter differ totally. "Such a powerful war craft as Mistral presents a real danger in the hands of Russian uncontrollable authorities acting on imperialistic grounds", - Kalandadze underlined.
Well, Sakartvelo politicians would obviously prefer to see controllable authorities, preferably from Tbilisi, instead of the Russian "uncontrollable" ones. At the same time, in the opinion of military expert Gia Melitauri, the danger invited in the result of Mistrals acquisition by RF Ministry of Defense is somewhat exaggerated.