Nikolai Malishevski

For many years the Georgian leadership has been persistently attacking NATO demanding membership in the alliance. In recent times (at the Bucharest summit in 2008 and the recent Chicago event) it is periodically told that the sides discuss «further extension of Georgia’s cooperation with NATO, including strengthening political dialogue, practical cooperation and operational interaction». Words remain to be words while NATO uses Georgia and the «cannon fodder» it provides to the full according the Partnership for Peace program. It’s not Afghanistan and Iraq only.

Today the Caucasus is in the sphere of political and economic interests of Russia, as well as Muslim states. The USA has declared it a zone of its «strategic interests» too. The decision to make such a declaration was spurred by the CIA report that saw light in 1997.

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