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NATO maneuvers in Georgia to be held without military machinery2009-04-16 14:47
The multinational maneuveres Cooperative Longbow 09/Cooperative Lancer 09, held under the aegis of NATO from May 6th to June 1st ,are the military staff ones and will be held without the use of weapons and military machinery, stated Robert Pshel, the representative of NATO - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Pshel said he has no information whether the Secretary General of the Alliance received the official address from the Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO with the proposal to postpone or even cancel the coming military maneuvers in Georgia.
These are not purely NATO maneuveres, these are partner maneuveres in the framework of the Partnership for Peace program; these are open for all the partner countries of the Alliance, including Russia, Pshel said.
According to the Alliance representative, the preparation was started in spring 2008, and the scenario is connected with the operations conducted in the UN line.
Pshel stated that these are maneuvers on coordination (interaction between NATO and partner countries) and reminded that in 2008 the similar ones were conducted in Armenia.
According to the previous messages, 19 countries are expected to participate: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kanada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Greece, Kazakhstan, Moldavia, Serbia, Spain, Macedonia, Turkey, the UAE, Great Britain, and the USA.