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Back in Georgia2011-12-20 14:15
After a long time, Georgia is again mentioned in the U.S. draft budget. According to the document approved by Congress, Washington will resume defense weapon delivery to Tbilisi. Besides, the draft law obliges the head of the American state to develop a "plan on normalizing the military cooperation of the USA and Georgia" in the shortest possible time.
The principal tasks of the plan are to "provide support" to the Georgian government in building defense of its people considering obligations on the non-use of power undertaken by the Georgian government; to organize the sale of military equipment and property by the USA and to render military services to supporting the Georgian government's efforts in providing self-defense", Kavkazsky Uzel reports.
Congressmen also insist that Barack Obama and his administration persuade NATO members and the countries claiming the alliance membership into resuming and increasing the sale of military equipment and rendering military services to Georgia "in the context of wider efforts on strengthening military relationship and cooperation with Tbilisi". Georgia's military demands are to be studied by Pentagon. The specialists of the military departments are supposed to estimate the republic's defense requirements and will study all the orders of military equipment made by the Georgian government.
As was stated by one of the authors of inclusion of the "Georgian amendment" in the U.S. budget Senator John McCain, Washington's cooperation with Tbilisi in the military field was suspended three years ago. According to the senator, there has been small progress in this regard during this period mostly relating to the Georgian soldiers' participation in the counterterrorism operation in Afghanistan. "But almost nothing has been done to provide the country with an ability to defend its government, people and territory", - he added.
Georgian authorities have already reported that the republic needs antiaircraft defense elements and armour-defeating weapons in the first place. "The new Georgia's national safety framework adopted this year names Russia and the risk of new Russian aggression as the main threat", - Moscow News are citing State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Georgy Baramidze. The official has stated that the Russian military positioned in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are just 30 kilometers from Tbilisi.