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NATO pulls Tbilisi12.10.2011 | 11:31
Yesterday Georgian politicians were given an unexpected reason for joy with Mike Turner, head of US representative office to NATO, promising that the States would support granting a NATO membership plan to Tbilisi at an alliance summit in Chicago. Saakashvili's demagogues immediately proclaimed Turner's words as a political manifest of the White House preferring not to remember that Americans had made similar statements at NATO summits in Bucharest and Lisbon. GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked Ramaz Sakvarelidze, a politologist, to evaluate their rightness.
By all appearances, Washington wants to lift spirits of the dissipated puppet that keeps giving more and more problems. After all, if it was decided to entrust Georgia's presidency to this adventurist, patronage must be paid for. Yesterday, this hard responsibility was undertaken by head of US delegation to NATO Mike Turner who promised that Washington would support granting a NATO membership action plan (MAP) to Georgia.
"Georgia has been contributing to NATO operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and has proved to be a reliable ally. NATO expansion does not pose danger to any state. On the contrary, this process advances security and stability in all NATO activities", - the US functionary stated.
Despite a certain vagueness, Saakashvili's accomplices reacted to Turner's words so obsequiously as if long-desired membership is guaranteed. "This statement has an additional political weight considering that NATO's next summit will be held in Chicago, and we hope to get more news on our integration into the organization", - Batu Kutelia, deputy head of Georgia's National Security Council remarked.
Georgi Baramidze, a state minister for reintegration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures, looks even more elated (logically - knowing his responsibilities). "Our Western partners positively evaluate reforms in the country. We hope the United States will continue to deal with other NATO members for our country's promotion", - the minister exclaimed in joy.
This minister is still overly impressed by the visit of French president Nicolas Sarkozy: "No wonder, several European states including France were skeptical about Georgia's membership in the EU and NATO. Now things have changed". He did not specify what changes have taken place using a usual excuse of Avlabari adventurer about "success of Georgian reforms".
Apparently, hysterical reaction of Georgian politicians to Mike Turner's words was too obvious in the USA so that United States Secretary of DefenseВ Leon Panetta had to cool it down a bit by taking the conversation to a more appropriate conditional mood. "If Georgia submits an application at the coming NATO summit in Chicago, it will be examined with care, and the issue will be treated as fairly as possible", - he said interpreting Mike Turner's words bringing the spirits of Georgian officials down by reminding that "opening NATO doors to Georgia" does not depend solely on the White House. There are other NATO member states expected to give their consent.
GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked Ramaz Sakvarelidze, a politologist, whether aspirations of Tbilisi's camarilla, are justified. "Expectations of Georgian authorities connected with the NATO coming summit are traditionally exaggerated. Americans have reiterated their support for Georgia in its NATO entry many times including words of US former president George Bush. Yet, as we know, this idea has not been actualized yet. This time our officials attach too much importance to a statement made by French president Nicolas Sarkozy at the time of his visit to Tbilisi. Firstly, he did not speak about NATO. He remarked that Georgia's accession into European structures depends on a number of conditions that have not been met yet. Apparently, the same is true for Georgia's possible NATO entry. Most probably, Europe will preserve its stand by not directly objecting to Georgia's admission but taking time until Georgia is fully prepared. This situation can last forever. The intrigue of the summit in Chicago is to see who will be stronger in this "rope pulling" - America or Europe. Up to now Europe has always won", - Ramaz Sakvarelidze summed up.