Moscow criticizes Tbilisi for persisting militarist attitudes
Reinforcement of the Georgian army poses a threat to the Caucasus Region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its official release today. Official spokesperson of the ministry Alexander Lukashevich commented on the statements made by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on strong army during his visit to the Cadets Military Lyceum in the city of Kutaisi on the 1st of July.
Mr. Lukashevich said President Saakashvili`s "recent remarks unambiguously confirm that militant revanchist attitudes persist in Tbilisi, which poses a real threat to peace and stability in the South Caucasus".
"There must be a reason for Georgia to persistently evade the conclusion of binding agreements on the non-use of force with Abkhazia and South Ossetia," he said.
Lukashevich said Georgia needs increasing its military contingent in Afghanistan not for fighting terrorism and supporting security. "The longer the "active war" lasts in Afghanistan, the better for Georgia, which will have a suitable range for its army to undergo combat training this way," he said.
During his visit to the Cadets Military Lyceum in Kutaisi, Saakashvili said Georgian soldiers, by raking part in the Afghan operation, are making their army stronger and Georgia will continue to send its troop there, as they need combat training.