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America’s non-legitimate choice2011-09-01 13:35
The USA become more and more cautious assessing events that take place in Caucasus. Washington was the last to comment on the election of Alexander Ankvab as president of Abkhazia. Naturally, the States consider the elections as non-legitimate repeatedly advising that the Russian Federation pull its troops out of the "occupied enclaves". Yet, the US administration said so looking back at the European Union (not for the first time). No wonder: the EU is on the point of recognizing independence of the republics from Georgian protectorate.
republics from Georgian protectorate.
"US administration does not acknowledge legitimacy of elections in Abkhazia held on August 26", - Victoria Nuland, State Department spokesperson stated on Monday. Apparently, Mrs Hillary Clinton was shy to make such statements in view of a new stage of the US-Russian reset. Yesterday, Rosneft and the US largest oil company ExxonMobil signed a cooperation agreement connected with the Russian group's entry into Mexican gulf and Texas. In an attempt to get over the second wave of the economic crisis, Washington is ready to accept any help. And, naturally, any help imposes certain (albeit tacit) obligations.
No wonder that the Department of State was so slow to present its opinion on Abkhazia recently holding an extraordinary presidential election resulting in the victory of Alexander Ankvab from late Sergey Bagapsh's team. Consequently, the foreign policy course of the partially recognized republic won't change even though the new leader will be more pragmatic toward Moscow. It is completely evident that discussing the return of Tbilisi's "territorial integrity" with this politician is pointless. Even if the Senate that adopted a resolution on Georgia before leaving for a 5-week vacation, will get back to it upon return from the break.
Abkhazia has been de-facto independent for twenty years actively developing economic cooperation with Turkey, and gaining its spirit still more strongly over the past three years. Russian military bases that help keep possible Georgian aggression at bay enable the country to focus on development of statehood. Unlike South Ossetia, Sukhum is a promising independent project. Many European businessmen realize that, but policies of their states tie their hands. No doubt, protest will grow. That means the European Union that tries to build a tolerant society will have to make concessions.