Next NATO war front: the Caucasus
As mentioned two days ago, after the military onslaught unleashed by Azerbaijan and its political and military controller Turkey (on the first day of this month Turkey took command of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_180627.htm?selectedLocale=en) against Nagorno-Karabakh last autumn, the first time a NATO power has waged war in former Soviet space, the U.S. and NATO will now turn their attention to the “final solution” of the problem of Russia, a nation Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1997 referred to as “an unnatural political entity.”
Next targets in historical Russia are likely to be South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transdniester, Belarus, Donetsk, Lugansk, Crimea, Kaliningrad, East Karelia, Gagauzia and the Kuril Islands among other areas.
In the case of South Ossetia it will be a reprise of the five-day Georgian-Russian war of 2008, which occurred shortly after U.S.-NATO war games in Georgia. Not long after the war ended, then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden arrived in the Georgian capital to pledge support to the aggressor. Ten months later he returned there, and while in Tbilisi stated: “We understand that Georgia aspires to join NATO. We fully support that aspiration, and…we will work to continue to help you meet the standards of NATO membership.”
For Biden a new war against South Ossetia is a matter of unfinished business.
State Information Agency of the Republic of South Ossetia
January 28, 2021
Georgia does not abandon its revanchist plans: Anatoly Bibilov to SVR officers
>”[The] priority of the military-political leadership of Georgia to integrate their country into the NATO and the EU structures, which contributes to the deployment of elements of NATO infrastructure in Georgia.”
President Anatoly Bibilov took part in the reporting meeting of the board of the Foreign Intelligence Service of South Ossetia. According to the press service of the head of state, the meeting summed up the results of the Foreign Intelligence Service for the past year, and identified the priority tasks and areas of work for the current year.
In his report, the SVR head Alexei Varziev has noted that the key factor of tension in the region remains “the priority of the military-political leadership of Georgia to integrate their country into the NATO and the EU structures, which contributes to the deployment of elements of NATO infrastructure in Georgia.”
“Tbilisi and its allies continue to take steps to create tension points along the borders of South Ossetia. Tbilisi is also taking provocative actions aimed at preventing the work on marking the South Ossetian-Georgian state border,” the SVR head said.
He also noted such factors of influence on the regional situation as hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the activities of a network of military biological laboratories, one of which is located in Georgia and is a source of constant danger for the entire region.
After listening to the reports of the SVR leadership, Anatoly Bibilov has emphasized that Georgia does not abandon its revanchist plans.
“This is expressed not only in the fact that it does not sign the Memorandum on the Non-Use of Force, does not recognize the genocide of Ossetians, does not recognize the statehood of South Ossetia, does not recognize the fact of the attack on South Ossetia, but also in the fact that provocations on the border of the Republic of South Ossetia do not stop. A vivid example is the situation in the village of Uista, where Georgia is clearly demonstrating an aggressive plan towards South Ossetia. Here, undoubtedly, the restraining factor for Georgia is the increased attention to security on the border of the power structures of South Ossetia, the presence of the 4th Russian military base and the Border Guard Department of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation on the territory of South Ossetia,” the President said.
He noted Georgia’s participation in attempts to destabilize the situation in South Ossetia itself.
“We perfectly see the activity of social media users who, posing as Ossetian patriots, play off our citizens with different political views. The organization, created before 2008 headed by Dmitry Sanakoev is still functioning in Georgia, there are Ossetian-speaking citizens who are participating in escalating the situation in social networks,” Anatoly Bibilov said.
Based on the reports presented, as well as the steps and actions taken by the SVR officers, the President assessed the service’s activities as satisfactory.
“I am satisfied with the work of the Foreign Intelligence Service and I want to express my gratitude to its leadership, as well as to all its staff.
I am confident that in the future you will do everything to minimize the threats emanating from Georgia. You have a lot of work to do in this direction. I have no doubt you can handle it,” concluded the head of state.