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The Washington Post: Obama abandons Russia’s neighbours2010-05-17 12:32
David Kramer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs under President Bush, expressed his anxiety in Washington Post. In his view, apprehensions about concessions with Russia came true, and the White House abandoned the post-Soviet countries.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He says the present-day administration uses the "Russia only" principle "neglecting and even abandoning other countries in the region".
As a proof he mentions the words of Obama on cooperation in the sphere of nuclear energy. The U.S. leader said the situation in Georgia is no longer an obstacle for ratification of the due agreement in the Congress.
Kramer adds that in the view of the view of the White House, Moscow's refusal to comply with Istanbul agreement of 1999 and withdraw forces from Georgia and Moldova is also not an obstacle for cooperation and restoration of Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
He asks: is the U.S. administration ready to trade interests of Georgia and Moldova for removing the irritants from the agenda?
According to some calculations, Obama speaks over phone and meets with his ‘friend and partner" Dmitry Medvedev more often than with heads of any other states, and the most recent talk was held on Thursday. In Kramer's opinion, Obama must use this friendship to express anxiety over aggression and occupation. He also advises the present-day president to establish ‘friendly and partner" ties with other states of the region, though leaders of some of them cannot be called paragons of democracy or human rights champions.
Previously Georgia Times reported that in the course of his 3-week visit to the USA Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, had had only 1-minute meeting with Obama at the nuclear security forum - despite the fact the countries are strategic partners.