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Is U.S. ready to betray Georgia?

May 17, 2010

The following article is reprinted with permission from Kavkaz Center, Caucasus Emirate news agency.

Is U.S. ready to betray Georgia?
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May 17, 2010   15:17 Emirate time

Some American experts believe that Obama’s administration for the sake of good relations with Russia is ready to betray Georgia and Moldova, which rely on U.S. help in opposition with Moscow.

For confirmation of the brought charge a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, David J. Kramer, in the Washington Post cites the statement of the U.S. president Barrack Obama on the situation in Georgia.

Last Tuesday, in a message accompanying the White House’s resubmission to Congress of a nuclear cooperation pact with Russia, Obama declared that the situation in Georgia need no longer be considered an obstacle. Obama in his message justified in detail his support for “123 agreement” with Russia. The president said that he approves the proposed agreement and believes it would strengthen the overall defense and security of the United States.

It is to be mentioned that the agreement was signed in May 2008 in Moscow, it establishes the basic principles of cooperation between the two countries in the development of peaceful atomic energy. In September of the same year the administration of former U.S. president George W. Bush withdrew the agreement from Congress in the aftermath of Russian-Georgian military conflict.

As Obama noted in his message, the situation in Georgia now no longer needs to be considered an obstacle to proceeding with congressional review of the agreement. In addition, the president considers important U.S.-Russian cooperation on Iran’s nuclear issue.

Obama believes that the progress in the development of this issue is embodied in a wide range of bilateral decisions and documents, including the case of a new treaty on strategic offensive arms, signed recently in Prague.

It is to be noted that the approval of agreements on the peaceful atom in the Congress passes through simplified procedure. If it will not raise any objections against it, the agreement would automatically come into force 90 days after sending it to Congress. To block the document congressmen should adopt a special resolution. The president has the right to veto the decision of Congress. Congressmen, in turn, may revoke the veto, and if 2/3 members of this body vote for its abolition.

Agreement on the peaceful atom, if approved by Congress, would be concluded for a period of 30 years and permits the transfer on the basis of the relevant licenses, of technology, materials, equipment, and components for nuclear research and nuclear power production. Under the agreement, Russia and the U.S. will be able to sell nuclear technology for commercial purposes. The processing of radioactive fuel could become a very profitable business in Russia, experts say.

Last week, however, several congressmen said that the agreement on the peaceful atom would be too great of a concession to Russia by the United States. According to lawmakers, Russia without a proper zeal is involved in the adoption and implementation of sanctions against Iran in connection with the threat of a nuclear military program in this state. Some lawmakers have proposed to consider the document only after Russia shows its attitude towards Iran by deeds. Let’s note that the Congress, discussing the submitted document, said nothing about the treachery of the United States of Georgia and Moldova.

The Obama administration’s interest in reviving the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty from which Russia suspended its compliance at the end of 2007 raises similar concerns. Moscow refused to comply with Istanbul Commitments, signed in 1999, in which Russia pledged to withdraw its forces from Georgia and Moldova.

In the end of last year Russia offered to restore the CFE. According to experts, the Obama administration will betray Georgia and Moldova, if it stops insisting on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of these countries.

According to experts, the U.S. should continue to declare that the occupation of Moscow in these countries is unacceptable, and demand to solve this situation.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova insists on a speedy withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria. This issue has been discussed both at the bilateral talks between Moldova and Russia, and within the competent international organizations, in particular the OSCE and the UN. The parties have not come to agreement so far.

Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center

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