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Expert Council in Sukhum2009-03-23 12:48
Russian-Abkhazian round table called "The Republic of Abkhazia after recognition of independence: problems and prospects of development" was held in Sukhum. Leading politologists and economists from Russia and Abkhazia, eminent scholars and leaders of Abkhazian government expressed their vision of South Caucasian problems.
The round table was the first high-level meeting of Russian and Abkhazian scholars. The participants discussed main internal problems and relations with the closest neighbors especially with Georgia.
According to the press service of the Abkhazian government the UN mission's future in the republic was a separate issue as well as the discussion of Europe's claims to be "the crisis manager" in the region.
"We are told the EU is searching for ways out of the crisis, - Rosbalt is quoting Sokrat Jinjolia, the head of Abkhazian subsidiary of "Institute of Eurasian researches" foundation. - What ways? They have only one way: to force Abkhazia back into Georgia. They are not going to search for other ways. While today's Georgia is pursuing her way towards war".
This idea was supported by Andrey Areshev from the Institute of State and Law of Russian Academy of Sciences: "Georgia's proclaimed military budget for this year is around 500 mln dollars. This certainly is not an astronomical sum as last year but a rather significant one. Besides let us not exclude a possibility of written-off American ammunition supplies to Georgia. That is why a probability of military provocations remains".
This is how politologists explain Abkhazia's suspicious attitude towards the USA and the European Union that has lately been paying a lot of attention to Sukhum - as never before for the time of its existence. Washington also arouses mistrust in Abkhazia as according to Areshev it "is demonstrating a more consolidated position with the EU towards Abkhazia" that it did with Bush. However recently there is Russian-American reboot going on and by all appearances it makes the American administration change its attitude towards Georgia. Nevertheless the USA are not going to completely refuse to support Georgia with a backward glance on Russia.
Most probably this is all about the shift in priorities. According to the Secretary of Abkhazia's Security Council Stanislav Lakoba "now Afghanistan is the main issue for Americans. Today the USA directly depend on Russia for cargo transit for the military operation in this country". According to him in the dialogue with Washington Moscow "is right trying to be a monopolist to help the USA in Afghanistan".