The acrimonious environment surrounding events in Georgia continue to confuse attempts to reach agreements. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused European Union leaders of distorting the issue regarding what was to occur about deployment of international cease-fire monitors in Geogia. Lavrov says the agreement said monitors would only be deployed outside the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, not inside those areas. The EU document says it “sands ready to deploy monitors in the whole Georgia territory.” Naturally, both sides disagree as to what constitutes the “whole Georgia territory.”
The Georgia incident began when President Saakashvili sent Georgian troops into South Ossetia but even before that event, the establishment of missile bases on the border of Russia was bound to create tension and distrust. Perhaps, it is time to rethink those missile bases and restore trust between Russia and the West.