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McCain and Saakashvili: brothers in arms

18.03.2011  |  18:38

14817.jpegA notorious supporter of Mikhail Saakashvili's regime in the U.S. Senate John McCain again mentioned the necessity of the American weapon supply to the Georgian army. In McCain's opinion, Washington simply has to "defend" the small brave republic against Russia's "aggression". The purposes of the American senator, which he is trying to present as concern for Georgia, were discussed by GeorgiaTimes correspondent with the first vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems Konstantin Sivkov.


Let us remind you that the issue of the rearmament of the Georgian army with the U.S. help was raised at the meeting between Mikhail Saakashvili who was winding up his American tour and the United States Senate officers. As reported by John McCain, one of the principle issues during a talk with the Georgian leader was the necessity of supplying defensive armament to Georgia. In the senator's opinion, the country must have an opportunity to "defend itself in future against Russia's attack".

"Georgians must be able to defend themselves against the aggression, so the settlement of the issue of arms supply to Georgia is my priority, as well as the priority of several other congressmen", - he added.

There are many supporters of McCain's viewpoint in the USA. One of them, by the way, was present at the negotiations with Saakashvili; it was Senator Joseph Lieberman. This ardent admirer of the Georgian president's talent in due time also called on American government to arm Mishiko in order to "protect" him against Russia. "That's a small contribution the USA is able to make", - Lieberman underlined.

Famous Russian military expert Konstantin Sivkov believes that the support of Mikhail Saakashvili on the part of American establishment may cost Georgia too much. The vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems stressed that those political and military elites of the USA that express their liking for Saakashvili have got a reputation of extremely aggressive and destructive ones. "They want to sow discord and chaos in the world and enhance what we can see in the Middle East today. McCain, for instance, said that today's events in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya may spread to the territory of Russia and China", - the expert underlined.

In Sivkov's opinion, McCain and his supporters reckon that the forces that came to power due to chaos in these or those countries will in first place appeal for help to the USA. "They expect that the power will either be seized by pro-American secret agents, or all the parties will need American weapon after large-scale military conflicts", - Sivkov is sure.

He also believes that some of the politicians in Washington would like to realize such a scenario in the Caucasus. "The same scheme can be realized here - to blow the region and penetrate it, especially that the Americans have been lately developing relations with Azerbaijan and the countries of Middle Asia. A scenario that would be desirable for the Americans is a humanitarian catastrophe and further humanitarian intervention. It looks like the stakes are placed on that", - believes the vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems.

However, Konstantin Sivkov is warning that any arms supply to Georgia means the breakdown of relationship between Moscow on one side and Tbilisi and Washington on the other side. "In case these plans are realized, the Americans will lose the opportunity to provide for its peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan via the air corridor through the Russian territory, which threatens with the failure of the entire operation", - the expert is sure.

In all appearances, Saakashvili's American friends simply start another round of his favourite game "Let's make Misha happy". The rules of this entertainment are very simple. The first step is to throw "a piece of sugar" to the Georgian president: the promise of modern equipment, "sincere admiration" at the conducted reforms, or, at least, a compliment to the colour of his new tie. The second step is to receive the confirmation of loyalty from Saakashvili. This role can be played by some original accusation of another "evil" against Russia, the dispatch of a lot of Georgian military to Afghanistan or simply an assurance that Georgia has once and for all taken the path of "true democracy". The problem is that Mikhail Saakashvili himself takes this fun absolutely seriously. And, like any other child permitted to "play with the grown-ups", can take foolish steps, which will be paid for by the entire Georgian nation.

Artem Martynuk

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