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Tbilisi to sponge Bulgaria of Russian money2011-03-30 18:38
Georgia's dreams of the European Union acquire a fixed shape. It is Bulgaria that found itself at the Caucasian politicians' gunpoint - a small Balkan country that was recently taken under the wing of Europe and North-Atlantic Alliance. Speaker of Parliament David Bakradze believes that Bulgarian experience can be successfully applied to Georgian realities. But local government needs a serious lobby in the European association so that it could realize its own idée fixe. For some reason, Georgian officials decided that official Sofia will defend their interests in NATO and EU in the best way possible.
Such conclusion was made by David Bakradze after a meeting with Chairwoman of the People's Assembly of Bulgaria Tsetska Tsacheva; he promised that parliamentary relationship between the two countries would start immediately. "The visit marks the active and serious cooperation between the two countries' legislative bodies. We've discussed all the relevant topics, the enhancement of economic relationship and the importance of assigning the status of an economic region to the Black Sea region, as well as the importance of a greater amount of transportations and energy projects", - the speaker of the Georgian parliament stated happily.
In fact, non-official relations between Bulgaria and Georgia started in the far 2007 when weapons were supplied to the Caucasian republic in the amount of 70 million dollars. Georgian defense administration acquired 46 Factoria anti-tank missile complexes and 150 missiles, ten thousand S5KP free-flight rockets and thirty S6-210 60-millimeter mortars, as well as 3500 AR-M1 sub-machine guns and one thousand machine guns. UN register of common armament says that the Caucasian republic's property includes 106К-project minor landing ships, Konkurs and Kornet anti-tank missile complexes, M-43 120-millimeter mortars, Shilka antiaircraft mountings, as well as several RPG-7 and RPG-22 anti-tank hand-held grenade launchers, ammunition of various types, including anti-tank and surface-to-air interceptors, ammunition for small-arms weapon and mortar rounds.
In a word, Sakartvelo security officials got a rich crop. It's a pity Sofia did not know the purpose for which the defense equipment it had possessed since the far Soviet times would be used in 2008. As a result, there came a big arms scandal that the Bulgarian government hardly got out of solely due to the soft spots in the international law. For a long time, Bulgaria did not agree to any contacts with Georgia, perfectly understanding how it would look in the eyes of the European association it had entered in one and a half year before the Georgian intrusion in South Ossetia.