StasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3317 posts, RR: 7 Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2090 times:
"The United States is resuming a combat training mission in the former Soviet republic of Georgia to prepare its army for counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, despite the risks of angering Russia, senior Defense Department officials said Thursday.
The training effort is intended to prepare Georgian troops to fight at NATO standards alongside American and allied forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon officials said. Russian officials have been informed, American officials said. The training should not worry the Kremlin, they said, because it would not involve skills that would be useful against a large conventional force like Russia’s.
“This training mission is not about internal defenses or any capabilities that the Georgians would use at home,” said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary. “This is about the United States supporting Georgia’s contribution to the war in Afghanistan, which everybody can recognize is needed and valued and appreciated.”
While the Pentagon has already acknowledged that the situation is very "delicate for us" because the US wants to be supportive of the Georgians and flatly needs the Georgian's troop contribution to the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US military really do not want the rather trigger-happy Russians to view this military training as supplying Georgia with "lethal capabilities that would elicit a Russian response" since the Russian government has great influence in the former Georgian areas of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and has plans to build a huge military naval base with access to the Black Sea in Abkhazia.
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