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Tbilisi opposed to Mistral sale to Russia – Kalandadze2011-01-24 15:42
Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Nino Kalandadze reported that the official Tbilisi is still opposed to the sale of the "universal" Mistral assault ship by France to Russia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Georgia and other countries in due time expressed its skeptic attitude towards the potential hazards implied by the transaction. We hope both states will take into account the hazards voiced by Georgia and other countries and they won't materialize", - Kalandadze is cited by Rosbalt.
Let us remind you that the Georgian party has been airing its negative assessment of France's sale of the Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia for a long time. According to the documents published by Wikileaks website, Foreign Minister of Georgia Grigol Vashadze asked the U.S. to help prevent the Russia-France transaction on buying the Mistral helicopter carrier.
This was reported to Washington by U.S. Ambassador John Bass. As was stated in the American diplomat's published message, Vashadze stated the West's indifference in respect of Russia's plans in the South Caucasus and the Black Sea water zone.
"Vashadze asked the USA to speak out against the transaction and said that President Saakashvili would make a similar request at a higher level", - Bass' statement goes. He also adds that the American party will insist that Russia should not use Mistral in the Black Sea so that it wouldn't lead to significant enhancement of Moscow's position.