||Aleksej Ovchinikov. NATO is going to build up military muscles of Georgia again|
2009 04 20
Tbilisi announced about joint “international training exercises” with the North Atlantic Alliance.
On 6 May regular military training exercises for the representatives of the NATO Cooperative Longbow 09 will start in Georgia.
Apart from military officers from the USA, solders from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Serbia, Spain, Macedonia, Turkey, UAE, and UK will arrive for sharing their experience, in total – 1300 soldiers and officers. The first round of training is going to be held in Tbilisi from 6 to 17 May. As from 18 May “teachers” and “students” will move to the former Russian military base Vaziani, where military field manoeuvres will take place.
The Russian representative to the NATO Dmitrij Ragozin considers such “sabre-rattling” in the region of tension as direct interference by the NATO into the matters of Georgia. In particular, in the situation, when the Georgian opposition announced about the termless strike:
- All this looks like support by the Alliance to the President of Georgia Michail Saakashvili!
Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Studies with reference to the article from “Komsomolskaja Pravda” of 16 April 2009.