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Wikileaks targets at Baku and hits Tbilisi2011-09-13 21:35
Tbilisi is used to currying favor with the United States of America, Europe and NATO, as well as its closest neighbors - Turkey and Azerbaijan. As new disclosures on Wikileaks show with regard to Azerbaijani president Ilkham Aliev's relationship with the West, this attitude has a reason. Baku views Georgia as a sphere of its influence. Yet, the Azerbaijani leader has always known what kind of person his Georgian counterpart is. Aliev is perfectly informed of the true color of Saakashvili's "democratic" regime.
Cables of US diplomats featuring their secret talks with the president of Azerbaijan published on Wilileaks contain lots of curious details about all participants of the big geopolitical game in Transcaucasia. Remarkably, Ilkham Aliev never makes a direct mention of Mikheil Saakashvili and his team. Nonetheless, it is easy to see the attitude to Georgian rulers in the region.
The president of Azerbaijan is highly interested in cooperating with Turkey, but he also sees that Ankara's policies in Transcaucasia have an inner (neo-imperial) bottom. In a cable by chargé d'Affaires in Baku Donald Lu on a meeting between the leader of Azerbaijan and special envoy of US department of state for energy issues in Eurasia Richard Morningstar it is said: Ilkham Aliev thinks that Ankara treats Transcaucasia as its "backyard" calling this policy "Neo-Ottomanism".
"We don't need Turkey's advice and influence. When Azerbaijan acquired independence we had to protect ourselves from the religious influence of Iran, but I have never thought that we will have to protect ourselves from Turkey", - the leader of Azerbaijan said. It is the right time to remember half-colonial dependence on Ankara that Mikheil Saakashvili drove Georgia to. Certainly, politicians in Baku are not blinded by an unrestrained desire to join NATO that forces Tbilisi to please anyone associated with the treaty. That makes Mishiko's short sightedness in foreign policy still more glaring.