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USA arming Sakartvelo with old weapon

31.03.2011  |  20:40

15327.jpegDespite American Senator John McCain's recent calls to supply defensive weapon to Georgia, the United States do not hurry to render such doubtful help. Besides, some of the Pentagon representatives mention the necessity of training the Georgian army, for instance, head of European Command Admiral James Stavridis. However, he also added that Washington does not supply Tbilisi with modern weapon systems. An ambiguous statement was discussed by GeorgiaTimes correspondent with a famous Russian military expert Konstantin Sivkov.


Lately, the issue of American weapon supply to the unstable Georgian regime has been raised more and more often. According to the media, in the course of his recent visit to the United States, leader of Sakartvelo Mikhail Saakashvili made several attempts to gain military support in his talks with the foreign high-ranking officials; however, he was refused in all the offices of the American government.

No wonder: after the new White House administration came to power, George and Mikhail's military cooperation became the past. Today, the USA are actively cooperating with Russia in solving the Afghan problem and Washington feels no desire to cause Moscow's bewilderment. By the way, this is openly stated by the U.S. Not so long ago, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle said that the possible resumption of the arms supply to the Georgian army would seriously affect American-Russian relations. "If we render military assistance to Georgia, Russia will probably actively prevent the realization of the USA's basic strategic interests", - Beyrle underlined, having added that such a scenario will cause a strongly negative reaction on the part of Abkhazians and South-Ossetians.

It looks like Saakasvhili is too much inspired by the recent meeting with American Senator John McCain. As is known, the latter made it clear that Georgia should have an opportunity to "defend itself against Russia's attacks in future". "The settlement of the issue of the defensive arms supply to Georgia is my priority, as well as that of several more congressmen", - Mr. McCain tried to encourage Mishiko.

Nevertheless, the senator's fiery speech inspired only the Georgian president. The experts declared immediately that such statements should not be taken seriously. For instance, Deputy Director of the Institute of the USA and Canada Pavel Zolotarev underlined that the statements of some of the American politicians about the necessity of supplying arms to the Georgian army do not reveal Washington's official position. "If someone still has such sentiments, thanks God, they have nothing in common with those of Obama's administration, - the expert believes. - There is a hope that such activists won't claim American presidency in future".

Generally speaking, Georgian specialists have made similar assessments. Expert for political safety Irakly Sesiashvili believes that Georgia's armament is not at all the top priority of the current USA administration. In his opinion, even small consignments of arms to Sakartvelo would cause strain in Washington-Moscow relations.

Nevertheless, even now Pentagon is trying to somehow encourage the refused Georgia. Today, Head of the European Command of the U.S. Armed Forces Admiral James Stavridis has stated that Washington is working with Tbilisi on training its security forces. Evidently realizing the ambiguousness of his words, the military added that currently, Tbilisi is not getting what one could call a high-class defensive armament. Still, this remark did not allow Stavridis to avoid an embarrassing situation he put himself in. His statement suggests that America supplies outdated weapon to Georgia.

GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked First Vice President of Academy of Geopolitical Problems Konstantin Sivkov about the true meaning of the revelations of the head of European Command.

- I think this statement is purely demonstrative. It is connected with the fact that the United States are having not the best times. They've stuck in a third war, in Libya. They won't cope with it and will need Russia's sound support, including the assistance in settling the discrepancies that have developed because of the American government's ill-considered and short-sighted policy in respect of the Islamic world. It is absolutely senseless to start another conflict in the Georgian territory under such conditions, for Washington won't be able to support Tbilisi. And, naturally, so far it is impeding the supply of modern equipment to the Georgian troops.

Ruslan Chigoev

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