Conflict in Georgia not worth for West to launch new cold war with Russia: Alexander Rahr
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 1 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The conflict in Georgia was not worth for the West to launch a new cold war with Russia, as Georgia, Ukraine and several Baltic leaders called for, director of 'Russia-Eurasia' center of German Council on Foreign Relations, Alexander Rahr, said.
"Now the West makes it clear for Russia that it does not want to lose it. This new reality gives the world a chance to avoid conflicts such as Georgian one in the future," Rahr told Trend over phone from Berlin.
EU Commission, led by Heidi Tagliavini, gave Russian and Georgian sides its report on the causes of the war. Georgia was unambiguously accused of launching first the war against Russia and made the first shot, Chizhov said after getting the document.
Georgian representative to the EU Salome Samadashvili flatly disagrees with interpretations that were presented to journalists by her Russian colleague regarding EU commission's report establishing the grounds of the Georgian-Russia war in August 2008. "Assessment and interpretation by ambassador Vladimir Chizhov were incorrect," she said.
The war in Georgia was the top of many small conflicts that have occurred recently. So, most of EU countries have made the crucial decision to forgive Russia for the war in Georgia and just freeze the situation in this country, namely, do not include Georgia into NATO and not to demand from Russia to return these two territories, Rahr said.
"I think that this conflict will remain frozen for decades," expert said.
Rahr said that the published report put an end for all issues in the history.
The conflict will be described in many countries as the EU described it, i.e. as Georgia attacked on South Ossetia and Russian right to enter and protect its peacekeepers, but also the fact that Russia has entered Georgia violating the international laws.
Rahr said that Obama's administration's taking office in the USA also contributes to warming of relations between the West and Russia. There would not be the EU report in this form during McCain's period of power.
Military actions launched in the territory of unrecognized Republic of South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Georgian troops entered capital of South Ossetia - Tskhinvali. Later Russian troops occupied city and drove Georgian military men back to Georgia. Russia recognized independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia late August. In response Tbilisi broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and proclaimed two unrecognized republics as occupied territories.