Defence from Russian aggression – ridiculous idea?!

Russian soldiers in Georgia

Russian soldiers in Georgia

Foreign Policy Magazine two months ago published very interesting article written by Professor Andrew J. Bacevich on NATO Pact’s future and as he stated much needed US withdraw from NATO. He also argued that Europe will be more ready to accomplish all her duties through NATO bodies if there is no US presence and US domination over actions and decisions. Bacevich also thinks that on that way Europe will be much more successful in protection of territorial integrity of Poland and Lithuania from plausible Russian aggression.

“So let NATO attend to this new (or residential) Russian problem. Present-day Europeans-even European with a pronounced aversion to war – are fully capable of mounting the defences necessary to deflect a much reduced Eastern threat. So why not have the citizens of France and Germany guarantee the territorial integrity of Poland and Lithuania, instead of fruitlessly demanding that Europeans take on responsibilities on the other side of the world that they can’t and won’t”, said Professor Bacevich.

FP’s last issue, for May/June 2010, brings a response on his article written by Russian Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin. Ambassador Rogozin present us with a contra arguments to quoted Bacevich stands and as he said he wants to translate to us Bacevich words, but his “translation” is lost somewhere in “translation”.

“Bacevich also suggests that a NATO free of U.S. influence could take responsibility for ‘guarantee[ing] the territorial integrity of Poland and Lithuania.’ As a linguist by training, allow me to translate. In the Western press, ‘the territorial integrity of Poland and Lithuania’ tends to mean ‘defense from Russian aggression.’ This idea is simply ridiculous: Democratic Russia has never given cause for Baltic or Eastern Europe states to tremble over their sovereignty or security despite NATO’s attempts to portray Russia as an enemy threatening to attack in the dead of night (the way ‘NATO ally’ Mikheil Saakashvili launched an attack on South Ossetia in 2008)”, said Ambassador Rogozin in his response.

Russia - Georgia Map (highlighted South Ossetia)

Russia - Georgia Map (highlighted South Ossetia)

Previously I said that his “translation” is lost somewhere and it is. Whole democratic and truthful world knows very well that ‘Democratic’ Russia attacked Georgia over South Ossetia self-proclaimed independence from Georgia. Two years ago we saw dozens of thousands Russian soldiers and heavy duty armoured weapons on Georgian territory; that was nothing else than an aggression on independent and sovereign state. More over the map of Georgia speaks loudly and openly against his words. Less than two weeks ago I wrote here an article based upon media reports about new Russian army investments in South Ossetia on Georgian territory. Beside that Russia stationed dozen of thousands soldiers and army bureaucrats on Georgian territory near city of Tskhinvali not to away from Georgian capital of Tbilisi. So how Ambassador Rogozin can say that ‘Democratic’ Russia is not thereat to Poland or Lithuania when they are already stationed in self-proclaimed ‘state’ of South Ossetia?

Based on all pro and cons in this case and other cases were Russia plays important army or political role the best conclusion can be that Rogozin presented to us a whole bunch of bureaucratic charades and false impressions. If they withdrew their officials and soldiers from South Ossetia and if they help Georgia to establish her rule over rebellion region of South Ossetia his words will became true and fact, until they did so his words are just dead letter on the paper.


Russia is building new military facilities in South Ossetia

Russia builds new facilities in South Ossetia

Russia builds new facilities in South Ossetia

Today’s The Daily Telegraph reports about new construction of the outpost near the town of Tskhinvali. Those reports provoked Georgian warnings that former mother state Russia is actively preparing facilities for a repeat of the war which bursts on in August 2008. According to officials this Russian post will be situated on the further south than any previous listening post, and that will be greater than any other previous point. Unidentified officials stated that Georgia is unfinished business for Russia.

“It is actively preparing for another moment to strike but to do so it needs all available tools. The plans for the radar station and communications interception at the base in Tskhinvali represent a new threat to our security. The threat is real when you have bases like this inside your borders”, says this official to The Daily Telegraph.

Sophisticated equipment that Russia is bringing to South Ossetia will give a Russians clear ability to track air movements, also they will have uninterrupted ability to intercept mobile and other communications across the region as far as south Iran. Military base in Tskhinvali was recently leased to Russia by tiny enclave of South Ossetia who declares her independence from Georgia. According to South Ossetian Parliament decision Russia will build and operate this military facility for next 49 years, currently in this base Russia stationed more than 4000 troops backed by armed militias drawn from the 50,000 strong local population. South Ossetia is not alone; another breakaway of Georgia, Abkazia also hosts more than 2000 Russian troops and officials.

Head of the Georgian Security Council, Eka Tkeshelashvili is convinced that Russia was not paying price of international condemnation for occupation of Georgian territories.

“Russia is institutionalising its presence in Georgia by building bases in both the occupied territories. This is a direct assault on Georgia’s territorial integrity – which is under occupation according to the terms of international law – and can only be reversed by a Russian withdrawal. Instead Russia is transplanting people and resources to territories that are both otherwise closed to the outside world”, said Tkeshelashvili.

Georgian opposition gets encouraged by Russian actions; today their stand is that incumbent president Saakashvili endangered Georgia with his actions and with pro-western policies. One of the opposition leaders Irakli Chikovani said that Saakashvili’s government escalated bad relations with Russia to the maximum in last six years. On the other side president Saakashvili wins this week huge vote of confidence on the first elections since Russian occupation of Southern Georgia in 2008. Election official in Tbilisi said that Saakashvili’s Party won 65.6 per cent vote in municipal elections, many observers declared those elections as referendum on his presidency and politics towards Russia and the West.