Yakobashvili: Russia considers Georgia its restaurant
Georgian ambassador to the United States Temuri Yakobashvili told the details of the war in South Ossetia in August 2008.
As reported by "Voice of America," Yakobashvili argues that official Tbilisi has decided to attack Tskhinval not relying on help from its Western allies. "Why did we decide to fight? We knew that no one is going to provide military assistance to us, but if you want to remain an independent nation, you have to fight for yourselves and for your independence" - he said.
He also said that Georgia was trying to tell the world about the "threat" from Russia. "Anxious Georgian voice was not heard either in Washington or Brussels" - said the diplomat.
"Russian understanding of Georgia has always been like this: Georgia is something like a restaurant where you can dance and have a snack. So, how a restaurant may desire independence? It does not fit in the minds of Russia" - he added.
Note, Temuri Yakobashvili earlier said that Washington would not abandon the idea of delivering weapons of Tbilisi.
"I won't reveal the details on the arms supplies. Specific comments are not in my competence. But there is no embargo by the United States" - he said.
As the diplomat said, the only obstacle to getting modern American weaponry by Georgian army, including heavy weaponry, is solely at the financial level. "It depends only on the financial capacity of Georgia how serious and modern weapons of a defensive type Georgia will get ... In case if we want America to sell us the tanks "Abrams", the sole problem is that we have not enough money for this" - said Yakobashvili.