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US Senate suggests ABM deployment in Georgia2011-02-04 19:49
Representatives of the Republican Party in US Senate plan to arrange for radar deployment in Georgia, NEWSru.com reports. The suggestion has been made by four Republican senators - John Kyl, James Risch, Mark Kirk and James Inhofe who have submitted the proposal to US president Barack Obama.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The proposal is a response to the conditions set forth by Turkish government with regard to US plans to deploy ABM elements. Ankara allows deployment of a new US radar TPY-2 on condition that the USA will not provide information collected by the radio location station to Israel. Besides, Turkey wants to have full control over the ABM system deployed in the territory of the country.
In view of these difficulties, Republican senators conclude that the USA must deploy most efficient ABM systems in partnership with their allies. As the senators point out in their letter to US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, this would ensure security of the USA as well as US troops deployed in other countries and US allies.
Still, as experts believe, the proposal is far from the real state of affairs. Georgia is not a NATO member so it is very unlikely that the Alliance or the USA will be able to deploy ABM systems in its territory. Besides, this fact will considerably worsen Washington-Moscow relations while US President Barack Obama who launched "the reset" between Russia and the States plans to enhance relations and pursue the thaw.