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Will the USA reinforce Georgia’s safety?2008-12-18 18:08
"Strategic partnership between Georgia and the USA is entering a new phase". Georgia's new ambassador to the USA Bata Kutelia started his work with this statement".
"The United States have been Georgia's strategic partner for many years, - he said on December 17, - and now this partnership is entering a new phase. The USA is the main guarantor of Georgia's independence and territorial integrity. Development of cooperation in defense and security spheres will be one of the basic elements of my activity in the capacity of Georgia's envoy to Washington."
The same day Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza that was in Georgia at that time confirmed that the USA would enhance bilateral cooperation in the sphere of security with Georgia.
"Cooperation in security sphere between the USA and Georgia must be enhanced", - Bryza is quoted by "Izvestia" newspaper. - The US government backs the idea of Georgia's accession to NATO. Together with Georgia we are working on extension of cooperation to provide for Georgia's compliance with the alliance requirements both in military and political sphere. Today I cannot announce details as for the time being we are only elaborating ideas and there is no real document yet".
It seems the Georgian authorities' dream - the treaty on military and political partnership with the USA - is taking its shape. Several Georgian TV channels reported that such a treaty was likely to be signed even before George Bush's administration withdrawal. According to the governmental officials the enactment of such a treaty will guarantee full support of Georgia.
The attempts to idealize a would-be agreement are understandable but, alas, are absolutely groundless. For example similar agreements between the USA and the Baltic states were signed as far back as last century. And this does not prevent the Baltic politicians from expressing fear when occasion offers that "Russia will now conquer them all."
In one of the interviews (published in German 'Sueddeutsche Zeitung' newspaper) Lithuania's president V. Adamkus notes that if "Moscow were masterminding an invasion of our country it would be occupied within minutes". Ten years of strategic partnership with the USA have not provided the Balts with "absolute protection". The American shield remains made of paper - of the strategic partnership treaty.
All the less distinct is the framework of the new treaty at the time of the presidential administrations change in America. Politologist Ramaz Sakvarelidze thinks that the USA - Georgia treaty (on military cooperation) is very unlikely at the moment.