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Radar in Georgia is of no help to Americans2011-12-19 12:07
World press is actively discussing Georgia's prospects as an American base in the Caucasus in the context of a conflict of interests between Russia and the USA related to the deployment of antiballistic missile defense elements in Europe. Moscow has warned that should Tbilisi continue expanding military potential, the Iskander-M missile systems might appear in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Georgian government has stated its readiness to host ABM systems in its territory. Will the Americans take advantage of this proposal? Russian political and military experts have split over the matter when commenting it for GeorgiaTimes.
Moscow and Washington's opposition in military sphere is gaining speed. A radar-location station has been put in operation in Kaliningrad region, ballistic missile defense troops having been put on combat duty. The United State has not yet responded to the Russian "counter-measures" but keep insisting that the Euro-ABM project be fully realized.
Meanwhile, the media has been for several months discussing the rumours of the possible appearance of American radars in close proximity to the Russian troops dislocated in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It is mentioned that the ABM system may be located in Georgia, which will then become the first of the former USSR republics to take part in Euro-ABM.
Georgia's candidacy came in Obama's view after Turkey laid down its conditions of basing the antiballistic missile defense elements. Ankara is ready to install the new TPY-2 American radar in its territory only if the Americans promise not to deliver the information collected by the radar station to Israel. Besides, the Turks want to have comprehensive control over "their" ABM system.
It is easier, though, for the United States to find some other volunteer for their antiballistic "gifts" together with financial bonuses instead of making any concessions. Georgia seems to be the most probable candidate in the light of long-term partnership with Tbilisi. By the way, this idea has already gained support overseas. "We are sure that Georgia with its geographic position may become and ideal spot for an ABM radar pointed at Iran and may provide advantage in defense against long-range rockets compared to Turkey", - American Republicans Jon Kyl, James Risch, Mark Kirk and James Inhofe have stated.