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NATO residents are leaving Tbilisi

2010-10-14 11:48

NATO residents, who stayed in the Georgian capital in the course of the annual international program, are leaving home - GHN.

The experts dealt with the implementation and assessment of implementation of the program.

Tbilisi believes the visit was important from the point of view of remarks done before the summit in Lisbon [to be held in November].

Though political experts believe the recent visit of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, wouldn't accelerate the republic's joining NATO. 

According to Sandra Fernandes, European expert on NATO activities, as well as the politics of Georgia and Russia, the issue of Georgia's joining NATO was shelved, die to Western states' desire to reinforce cooperation with Russia. 

"This is due to the situation created by the war between Russia and Georgia in August of that year. The return to the status quo situation prior to the conflict has not been an option since the conflict in the sense that the loss of Abkhazia and South Ossetia for Georgia seems irreversible," Fernandes, associate researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels wrote in an e-mail to Trend - DailyMe.

In his turn, Soso Tsiskarishvili, a Georgian expert, believes, the Secretary General's visits are aimed to sugarcoat the fact Georgia wouldn't join the Alliance in foreseeable future. "We have repeatedly witnessed such visits of high officials, but they all got off with the phrase: "the doors of NATO are open for Georgia, and things there," said the expert. 

Arnold Kammel, the security expert [Europe] says NATO doesn't even consider prospect of membership of Tbilisi in the Alliance.

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