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A number of CIS countries to participate in NATO maneuvers in Georgia2009-04-22 12:57
Deputies of the State Duma [lower chamber of the Parliament of Russia] are indignant at participation of a number of CIS countries in NATO military exercises to be held in Georgia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
It concerns Azerbaijan, Moldavia and Armenia. At today's meeting of the lower chamber Semyon Bagdasarov [the Just Russia party], a member of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs claimed that the planned exercises are of anti-Russian character in its geography and participants' list, and also "pointed against our allies in South Ossetia and Abkhazia".
"The most surprising thing: the list of participants includes CIS countries - Azerbaijan and Moldova; we protected the leaders of the latter from allegedly Western intrigues, now it participates in the events ", the MP said.
"But even greater astonishment causes the participation of Armenia, the CSTO member country. That's nonsense. The country which were our overt ally not so long ago, participates in anti-Russian military exercises", Bagdasarov highlighted.
The MP presented the protocol errand to the State Duma committees for CIS Affairs, and for connections with compatriots, as well as the State Duma committee for defense "to request the opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Ministry of Defense". "We cannot keep silence about it", he concluded.
The exercises will be held in Georgia from May 6th to June 1st , with participation of 1 300 military servicemen from 18 Alliance member and partner countries.