TBILISI/BERLIN (Own report) – Since their partial Ukrainian success in the power struggle over the ring of countries separating Russia’s borders from those of the EU, Berlin and Brussels have been stepping up their efforts to integrate Georgia into their hegemonic system. The EU is calling on Georgia – a country, geostrategists accord great importance not only for Russia’s encirclement, but for European access to Asia – to sign the EU Association Agreement in June, ahead of schedule. As in the case of Ukraine, Georgia is already integrated into the German-European military policy. The parliament in Tbilisi has recently voted to contribute Georgian troops to EU military operations in Africa. Georgia’s development following the 2003 “Rose Revolution” is very similar to what the Ukrainians find themselves confronted with since the February putsch in Kiev. Simultaneous with military-political integration into Western alliance structures, and the country’s accessibility for foreign investors, the population is sinking into impoverishment. Polls indicate that today only 27 percent of the Georgians have a “full-time job” that pays a living wage.
Sooner than Planned
The EU is calling on Georgia to sign the EU Association Agreement sooner than had been originally scheduled. This was decided at the end of last week by the EU heads of states and governments at their summit meeting in Brussels. According to the summit’s final document, it was decided to sign “the Association Agreements, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas,” which were initialled in Vilnius last November, “no later than June 2014.” Initially, the signing had been scheduled for August. The current escalation in the power struggle between Russia and the West over Ukraine has compelled Berlin and Brussels to strengthen their positions as quickly as possible in two other countries – of the six countries – forming the ring separating Russia’s borders from those of the EU. Ukraine, since the secession of the Crimea, is merely considered a partial victory, in the eyes of the West.
The Terrestrial Suez Canal
From a geostrategic perspective Georgia incorporates various significant aspects. On the one hand, it is an important element for the encirclement of Russia, which, over the past two decades, has been confronted with a growing amount of western alliance activities (NATO and the EU) in various neighboring countries – from the Baltic to Central Asia. Second, Georgia – at least from time to time over the past few years – has been pursuing a “United Caucasus” strategy, a destabilizing policy of interference in the already conflict-ridden Russian North Caucasus. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.) Aside from its third function as bridgehead against Russia, Western geostrategists attribute Georgia also a central role as the gateway to the quite narrow terrestrial path to the East between Russia and Iran in expansion from Europe to Asia. Georgia serves as the gateway to a sort of “terrestrial Suez Canal between Europe and Asia,” Frederick Starr is quoted as having said. Starr is the founder of the US “Central Asia – Caucasus Institute.”
From NATO to EU Interventions
This corresponds to the country’s current – even military – orientation toward the EU, which has been apparent since 2012. That was when Brussels and Tbilisi entered negotiations on a framework agreement, providing for participation of Georgian troops in EU military missions. It was finally signed November 29, 2013. The agreement explicitly includes EU interventions “around the world” and “marks Georgia’s readiness to engage alongside the EU” in the future. February 20, 2014, the Georgian government resolved to contribute 150 soldiers to the EU’s mission soon to be sent to the Central African Republic. Just as in Ukraine, the EU Association Agreement will also draw Georgia into future German-European wars.
Full article: Under the EU Flag (German Foreign Policy)