by Yury Simonyan

September 28, 2011 Wednesday

ATTENTION OF THE POST-SOVIET SPACE; Interesting events happened in
the post-Soviet space. Moldova sold weapons to Armenia. Meanwhile,
South Ossetia and Abkhazia obtained recognition from Tuvalu.

To be more accurate, this was a mysterious airplane that took off
from local airfields in an unknown direction but with a known cargo
of weapons. There were many presumptions as to where the armament
was transported. There would be even more presumptions if the local
defense minister did not announce that the armament and ammunition
were sold to Armenia.

At first, Armenia denied the information. Afterwards, when the scandal
started growing, it kept silent being occupied with celebration of the
20th jubilee of independence. The military parade in Yerevan dedicated
to this event confused the observers. Besides the commonly known
weapons Armenia also demonstrated various missiles and hinted that
it had something more but demonstration of this required a resolution
of leaders of the country. After this statements of Azerbaijan about
military superiority over Armenia ceased looking definite. In any case,
Yerevan had to turn to the topic of armament purchase from Moldova.

The official comment of the Defense Ministry of Armenia did not
answer the questions because it was aimed rather at disavowing of the
statement of Chisinau that ammunition with expired shelf life was sold
to Yerevan. In a special statement the press secretary pointed out
that Armenia had never bought and would not buy defect armament. The
fact of the deal was moved to the shadow again. It remained unclear if
the Armenian party purchased something from Moldova or if it did not.

If it did buy weapons, there was nothing strange in this because the
country was hearing threats from the neighbor.

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsian dedicated his speed at the
66th session of the UN General Assembly last week to the threats
of Azerbaijan. The main point of his speech was that the matter of
independence of Nagorno-Karabakh was settled, the republic chose
sovereignty, there was no way back and it was necessary to conduct
negotiations to avoid an unnecessary war.

President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili was as emotional as Sargsian.

Saakashvili managed to speak about everything and to complain about
occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia and about its
"permanent threats" to Georgia.

Another event unpleasant for Georgia happened while Saakashvili was
complaining about Russia and promising to help the revolutionary
government. Tuvalu recognized sovereignty of Abkhazia and South
Ossetia. This was also unpleasant because Tbilisi grew very active in
establishment of diplomatic relations with "unnoticeable" countries
to prevent broadening of recognition of sovereignty of its former
autonomous and established diplomatic relations with Tuvalu literally
a week before. However, the leaders of Tuvalu were evidently not
impressed by the speech about the Russian occupation and made their own
decision. Besides the gratitude of Abkhazia and South Ossetia Tuvalu
also received a promise of Russia to establish diplomatic relations
with it. Georgian politicians called the actions of Tuvalu another
fiasco of Russia on the international arena but did not explain why
it was fiasco.