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Georgian politicians love NATO even in mini format2011-01-20 14:40
There is no sweeter word than NATO for Georgian politicians. Their hot souls long for active participation in every NATO initiative that draws nearer the day when Georgia will obtain long-awaited membership. But bloc members are not really ready for that. Still, the word does not lose its magic meaning. So even the news on mini-NATO appearing in northern Europe has caused the storm of emotions in Tbilisi.
Upon British PM David Cameron's initiative the summit of nine states of Northern Europe is opening today in London embracing the United Kingdom, Island, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania set to discuss the prospect of signing the Northern Pact that will serve as a basis for creation of an organization for reinforcement and coordination of cooperation in Arctic exploration.
It was immediately decided in Tbilisi that the topic of discussion is a contracted copy of the North Atlantic Alliance, a sort of mini-NATO. The notorious contraction had a strong effect on Georgian politicians, so they just couldn't stand aside. Due to geographical reasons Georgia can't be admitted into the new bloc, naturally. But at least Georgian officials expressed approval over Britain's initiative.
Irakli Menagarishvili, an expert for international issues told PirWeli agency that creation of a mini-NATO will contribute to the common cause of security provision.
"It must be considered that among the states supposed to take part in the new alliance there are several neutral states like Sweden and Finland. This is not a military bloc, or some opposition to NATO. This is a cooperation in the polar space with regard to international norms adopted in these countries and international community. This thesis lies in the basis of this idea", - Mr. Menagarishvili stated.
Wonderful, peaceful words. But hearing the Georgian expert use terms like "mini-NATO" and "security", and "big" NATO is still a military bloc, with "security" seen as "coercing Russia", it is hard to trust the Georgian politologist's words. To be more precise, the wording sounds right. Yet, it is unlikely the expert believes these words himself.
Moscow perfectly understands why Georgian politicians are so strangely enthusiastic. Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's NATO Envoy made a clear explanation of the reasons live on Vesti FM.