Wednesday, May 06, 2009

NATO exercises in Georgia go ahead

Later today I shall try to write about what might or might not have happened in Georgia yesterday and the whole row about Russian diplomats and NATO. For the moment, it is worth noting that NATO exercises in Georgia are going ahead without the participation of four countries: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Serbia.

Moldova has the odd problem or two of its own at the moment and the other three, presumably, do not want to antagonize Russia.

One hates to be rude about supposed allies but one cannot help asking whether the absence of those particular ones is of any importance. Far more important is the fact that the exercises are being carried out at Georgia’s Vaziani military base, where they took place in mid-July of last year, three weeks before the Russo-Georgian war.