5431824 (original text)
|Subject||INSIGHT - the US focus on Georgia and Ukraine|
|Date||Oct 9, 2009 17:52|
|Released||Mar 2, 2012 08:00|
ATTRIBUTION: Stratfor sources in the Moscow
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: senior at one of Putin's think-tanks
SOURCES LEVEL: high
ITEM CREDIBILITY: 3
SOURCE HANDLER: Lauren
This is not Vershbow's only move. He will be tossing himself back and
forth for the next few months between Georgia and Ukraine. He will be in
Georgia October 19-20 and then in Ukraine in early November and Georgia in
late November and then back again to both in December.
In Georgia, Vershbow will be coordinating an expansion of US training of
Georgian troops. It will most likely not just be defensive anymore.
In Ukraine, yes, there was the BMD announcement that Kiev did not even
know about. But the bigger concern is that under certain Western nudging,
Ukraine will resume weapon transfers to Georgia.
Vershbow's primary focus will now be on Georgia and Ukraine, but we all
know that there is an expiration date on the Ukraine part of this
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
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