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Russia propses NATO to conduct joint review of the situation in Caucasus2009-06-04 17:07
NATO still declines discussions of August 2008 events in Russia-NATO Council frameworks, and the responsibility of the Alliance member countries for militarizing Georgia, stated Dmitri Rogozin, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO in his interview to RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He mentioned that the Russian proposal to conduct a joint review of the situation in South Caucasus remains valid.
"Our western partners have been trying to avoid discussions on what happened in August 2008. They have avoided the conversation, including on their responsibility for militarizing Georgia, which is regrettable," he said.
"Our proposal to have a professional military overview of the situation in Georgia before August 8 and of what happened after the attack on Tskhinval remains in place. It is difficult to move ahead without analyzing the past."
Russia presented the initiative to discuss August events at another Russia-NATO Council sitting right away after the Georgia's attack on South Ossetia, but in September 2008 the Alliance unilaterally stopped the work of the Council.
"We cannot forget what we ourselves propose, and without what we cannot move forward", Rogozin said.
"The ministerial meeting is needed for a wide-reaching conversation on acute international security issues, as well as for giving the go-ahead to the gradual resumption of military contacts", Rogozin said.
He said the Russian Representative's office regularly raises the question of necessity to conduct the overview , but NATO member countries ambassadors always complain over "the absence of some instructions from their capitals".
"Ministers don't need such instructions. They go in the situation when the opportunity to conduct negotiations, including the ones on complicated and delicate topics, must be agreed with leaders of their states,"Rogozin added.