The media noted that this visit may be associated with the information concerning the fact that the United States expressed its willingness to supply Georgia with air defence and anti-tank facilities to the amount for millions of dollars.
It is also reported that Russian special services have reliable information that such promises were given by Deputy Minister of Defense for International Security Affairs, Alexander Vershbow, and Republican Senator John McCain, State Minister for European and Euroatlantic Integration Giorgi Baramidze during his visit to Washington last December.
In response to numerous requests from Georgia for urgent deliveries of air defence and anti-tank facilities, ostensibly to resist Russian aggression, in connection with the deployment of S-300 anti aircraft missile systems in Abkhazia and the division MLRS BM-30 Smerch in South Ossetia, the U.S. side sent an offer of delivery of large quantities of arms. According to intelligence agencies, the offers had been prepared by Barrington Alliance Inc.
The offer includes deliveries of Patriot-3 air defense systems, man-portable air-defense systems Stinger and Needle-3, as well as the Javelin and Hellfire-II ATGM with the necessary quantity of ammunition for more than US$ 100 million.
In the light of these developments, the relations reset with Russia announced by Barack Obama’s administration gives rise to doubt, and it becomes clear that Washington’s military policy of supporting Georgian leadership that had launched in August 2008 the war in the Caucasus, does not change.
In addition, Georgia has continued to develop aggressive plans against independent states - Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The support for Georgia was confirmed in the USA too. Commenting on her talks with the Head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said: “And though we are working hard to reset our relationship, all the same we will disagree about Georgia.” “We will help the Georgian people to feel that they can defend themselves,” said the US Secretary of State.
Recalling that in early December 2010 Russia deployed in South Ossetia a rocket artillery battalion, consisting of Smerch Multiple Rocket Launchers. They will be located near the capital of South Ossetia Tskhinvali. The main task of these systems deployment is to avoid possible aggression from Georgia.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry said that the deployment of the Russian artillery battalion in South Ossetia is a continuation of anti-Georgian policy, and shows Russia’s preparations for offensive operations.
Analysts consider the list of the above munitions to be purchased from the USA quite corresponding to the tasks of the Georgian leadership.
During the South Ossetian conflict, Georgia suffered heavy losses: one part of the equipment was seized or abandoned in South Ossetia, another part was destroyed. Also Georgia’s willingness to spend huge money on the purchase of weapons do not raise doubts, especially if it has targets for revenge.