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Military hope and support of Georgia2009-01-23 13:35
On January 20 Estonia's Defense Ministry delegation led by the head of international communications department Christian Frik arrived in Tbilisi. As a result of the visit a 2009 plan of cooperation between two Defense Ministries was elaborated.
"The issues connected with Georgia's army reforms imposed following the August events analysis were discussed; - nregion.com quotes an unnamed officer of Georgia's Defense Ministry press service. - Besides, the main directions of Georgia-NATO committee work were considered as well as priorities of the annual national defense program".
It will be remembered that Tallinn has been providing consistent support to Tbilisi since August calling on Moscow to stop aggression against sovereign Georgia. Though the country's Foreign Ministry reproached Saakashvili Estonia still believes that Russia's actions were insult to democracy.
"Yes, it was a mistake on the part of Georgia to solve problems in a violent way but this is not a reason for subsequent occupation". - Estonia's Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated in November. A while later the Chief of Defense Ants Laaneots stated it had been "Russia's strategic operation" with the object of intimidating the Transcaucasian nations.
There is no sense in thinking that the cooperation with Estonia's Defense Ministry might provide for something real to the Georgian army, or save the Georgian people from Russia's mythic intention to intimidate it as Raaneots puts it. Armed forces of all the Balts are a fake. In comparison with them even the Georgian army might seem great and powerful.
Assistance in mastering of Western arms is doubtful too. Tbilisi has enough "specialists" of its own that had time to learn things from their American instructors. It is not impossible that Tallinn is striving for the role of an intermediary in supplies having no fear of the consequences that were clearly formulated in President Dmitry Medvedev's Decree "On prohibition of supply of military and double-use equipment to Georgia". Estonia has nothing to lose anyway. Russia's economic sanctions against it have been valid for already a year and a half - from the time of dismantling of the monument to Soviet soldiers on Tynismyage hill.
At the same time interest in military partnership with another state reconfirms the Georgian leaders' intention to heighten the combat capacity of their armed forces. Recently as vx.ru reports, the Georgian media assisted by independent experts have assessed the country's military rating. They concluded it was the lowest among the countries of Transcaucasia.