The expert admitted that Georgia hides large-scale construction of military facilities

© Flickr / U.S. Army eigenenergies the Georgian army. Archival photoThe expert admitted that Georgia hides large-scale construction of military facilities© Flickr / U.S. Army Europe

The reluctance of Georgia to let Russian planes in its airspace under the open skies Treaty may say about the desire to conceal from observers the construction of military facilities on the territory of the country, said RIA Novosti military expert, chief editor of the magazine «national defense» Igor Korotchenko.

The Treaty on open skies was signed in Helsinki on 24 March 1992 by representatives of 23 member States of the OSCE. Russia ratified the Treaty in may 2001. Parties to the Treaty can conduct overflights of each other’s territories to monitor military activities. Informed military-diplomatic source told RIA Novosti that observation flights under the Treaty on open skies in 2018 are on the verge of collapse because of the unwillingness of Georgia to open its airspace to Russian aircraft.

«The unconstructive position of Georgia is at odds with the country’s obligations under the contract «open skies»… In this context, this rejection of observation flights may indicate a desire to conceal the extent of military construction, development of new garrisons and bases», — told Korotchenko.

The expert believes that Georgia, thus becoming a source of instability in the region.

«It looks quite negative, given that it was Georgia in 2008, committed an act of armed aggression against South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers… This suggests that the opacity of Georgia in the issue of flying the open skies Treaty still makes it a source of instability in the region and accordingly requires an adequate response,» — said Korotchenko.

Georgia on the night of 8 August 2008 fired from rocket launchers «Grad» South Ossetia, Georgian forces attacked the Republic and destroyed part of its capital Tskhinvali. Russia, protecting inhabitants of South Ossetia, many of whom took Russian citizenship, sent troops into the Republic and after five days of fighting ousted Georgian troops from the region.

Moscow August 26, 2008 recognized the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that this decision is not subject to revision.

In August 2008, Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia in response to it. However, the new government of Georgia was named one of the top priorities of foreign policy normalization of relations with Russia.

At the moment, the dialogue between Russia and Georgia supported in the framework of the Geneva discussions and regular meetings in Prague, Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and special envoy of the Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Abashidze. Discusses humanitarian, transport, economic and cultural issues.