Georgia arms itself with Javelin missiles
ATGM Javelin delivered to Georgia
Meanwhile, the State Duma ratified the agreement on the entry of the armed forces of South Ossetia into the RF Armed Forces.
Anti-tank missile systems (ATGM) «Javelin» (FGM-148 Javelin) have already been delivered to Georgia and are in a safe place. This was stated by Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria after meeting with US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly.
«The first stage of the procurement was completed successfully. System «Javelin» is in a safe place in Georgia, and we will soon begin preparations for our military to be able to acquire the skills that are required to use this system», – stated on January 23rd Izoria.
The Georgian minister previously said that the purchase «Javelin» will happen in two stages. In particular, at the first stage, 100 million Georgian lari will be allocated from the state budget, and at the second – «approximately 60 million».
In turn, the US Ambassador to Tbilisi, in his commentary, stated that the United States is interested in a successful and strong Georgia..
«We wish Georgia to be more successful. To do this, it must have very strong defensive capabilities, which will allow it to restrain aggression and those external forces that damage the country.», – Kelly quotes the press service of the Georgian Ministry of Defense.
We will remind, earlier, the Georgian authorities appealed to the United States with a request to purchase 410 missiles «Javelin», 72 command launchers, including two command launchers, ten training complexes and 70 charges, all worth $ 75 million. Russia then criticized the deal. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation named «detrimental» US decision to sell these anti-tank missile systems to Georgia.
Tbilisi said in response that anti-tank missile systems «Javelin» – it is a defensive, not offensive weapon, therefore, it cannot be directed against anyone.
From 1996 to the present day by manufacturers «Javelin» Raytheon & Lockheed Martin has built 40,000 units in total. The weight of the launch system is 23 kg, and the weight of the rocket – 8.4 kg. «Javelin» is one of the most powerful anti-tank systems, which is capable of effectively hitting all types of armored vehicles. It can also be used against aircraft that operate at low altitudes, such as helicopters, drones and even aircraft of a certain category. In the US military «Javelin» first appeared in 1996.
«Elements of annexation»
Meanwhile, the State Duma of the Russian Federation on January 24 ratified the agreement between Russia and South Ossetia on the procedure for the entry of individual units of the Armed Forces of the separatist region into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation..
According to the terms of the agreement, the military from the Tskhinvali region will now be able to contract to serve in the Russian army. It also provides «gradual increase in pay» military personnel and «other social benefits». The document states that South Ossetia is reforming its armed forces «taking into account their reduction by the number of staffing units of Russian military bases provided for manning with citizens who entered military service under a contract in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation».
The entry of individual units of the armed forces of South Ossetia into the Russian Armed Forces – those. formation of a unified defense system – is part of the agreement «About alliance and integration», which Putin and the head of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov signed in Moscow on March 18, 2015. The contract was concluded for a period of 25 years with the possibility of extension. Four months earlier, a similar agreement was signed between the Russian Federation and Abkhazia. Unlike the agreement with Sukhumi, the agreement with Tskhinvali implies even greater integration of the separatist region with Russia.
Tbilisi points to «creeping annexation», carried out by Russia, and consider invalid documents that are signed by representatives of the separatist authorities of the Tskhinvali region without the knowledge of Georgia.
«From a legal point of view, this document has no meaning, although, according to our assessment, it contains elements of annexation. Based on the fact that the territory is occupied and the occupation troops are located there, it is still difficult to say what consequences can be expected from this step.», – a representative of the State Security Service of Georgia told the media.
Recall that as a result of the Russian-Georgian war, Russia in 2008 recognized the independence of two Georgian regions. – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – and has deployed additional troops and weapons to its military bases in these territories. All states of the world – excluding Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru – consider these regions as the territory of Georgia under Russian occupation.