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Comments regarding the interview of “American Foreign Policy Council” Expert, Stephen Blank

In middle of March, the news agency "Accent" published an interview of journalist Marika Chubinidze with "American Foreign Policy Council" Expert, Stephen Blank.

During the interview American researcher on the question that regards the armed groups of so-called South Ossetia and Abkhazia, becoming under the Russian control, responds that he completely shares some of the expert's opinion on the fact that Georgia has failed to come up with ways to reduce Russian potentially annexing move to the South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"I have not seen any preventive measures and policies that would stop Russia. Frankly, without the help of NATO and the European Union Georgian country does not have opportunity to do it. So, it is a general policy failure". - according Blank.

First and foremost, the researcher with his reply contradicts himself. He starts that "Georgian Government has failed to come up with ways to reduce Russian potentially annexing move to the South Ossetia and Abkhazia. And he even has not seen any practical steps that would stop Russia". But at the second part of the interview he says that without the help of NATO and the European Union Georgian country does not have opportunity to do it. So, it is a general policy failure".

Such a condition of the analyst is caused that incorrectly agreed on some "some of the researchers' opinion on ""Georgian Government has failed to come up with ways to reduce Russian potentially annexing move to the South Ossetia and Abkhazia".

If the current government is considered it would be appropriate to mention that the certain direction was given, the process of the two regions' annexation was already deeply deadlocked. And, in general, must be directly stated that to stop Russia with any kind of "preventive methods "is impossible, as well as natural disasters, it has been shown with developments made in Ukraine - by grabbing  Crimea by Russia and artificial creation of Donetsk and Luhansk  as "People's Republics".

In fact Ukraine is powerless with Russia and not only Ukraine, but the whole world community and sanctions, which were imposed by them to Russia, since, as we can see, Russia has not stopped even for a moment to "move toward annexation", has not changed mind of accession regions and additionally is not going to stop.

At the same an interview the correspondent gives a question to Mr. Blank:

The current leadership of Georgia has "strategic patience" policy toward Russia. In the background provocations from Moscow to Tbilisi continues we can see that. I mean even the so-called illegal block up movement across the administrative boundary lines that negatively affect on freedom of movement for the local population. Considering this, what do you think of "strategic patience policy "and what this approach brought to the country?

Responding to this question is the American researcher says:

As for strategic patience, in many cases it is an imaginary term, which conceals the fact that there is no good policy, and the government cannot or will not do anything to change the situation. The only thing that can do is the expectation of development. In the case of Georgia the results says it all.

These words of expert are not convincing, as the fact is that Georgia cannot start war with Russia and neither can scare with nuclear weapons. Georgia is not America or any other superpower country. Therefore, we think, in this situation the strategic policy of tolerance and waiting when a suitable situation occurs is not a degrading situation for Georgia. Moreover, no country can allow even a theoretical confrontation with Russia, as no one knows consequences. As for the release of conflict areas, we believe the theoretical possibility exists by communication and negotiation with Russia, but given that the Russian president has repeatedly declared that he will not withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, it makes a theoretical chance vague.

Where, then, is the solution of conflict areas? Such a solution will exist if we have the so-called Significant "trade topics" with Russia. So far we do not have the resources, which could be of interest for Russia. And if we have such "exchange theme", probably will get the conflict resolution start.

More importantly, Mr. Blank beyond "strategic policy of tolerance" did not see the government's important steps taken toward US, NATO, getting close to EU and sharing their values, that makes Georgia to stand by the side of civilized, and progressive countries and all this paves the way for a better and prosperous future. In the future, of course, is meant the reunited country and returned territories, which will definitely happen sooner or later.

G. Chkadua

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