August 08, 2009 (Hamsayeh.Net) - Moscow - Subsequent to receiving some false signals from Washington, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday issued a blunt warning to the West against re-arming Georgia once again after the first anniversary of war over South Ossetia.
'All nations should behave responsibly and not encourage NATO-aspirant Georgia to undertake new military adventures by providing it with weapons.' Medvedev wrote in a letter to his French counterpart Nicholas Sarkozy.
Both Russia and Georgia held ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the start of fighting on August 12, 2008 over South Ossetia which left over 260 soldiers dead and 200,000 people homeless.
During the crisis, Georgian forces took the opportunity to quickly annex the territory of South Ossetia but speedily overcame by a massive Russian offensive pushing southward all the way on the gates of entry to Tiblisi, the Georgian capital.
Russian forces captured hundreds of Georgian vehicles and the bulk of Georgia's navy. Much of the Georgian military hardware was taken intact, abandoned by fleeing Georgian troops.
After a recent visit by U.S. officials to Georgia, there have been renewed calls for Georgia's NATO entry, which would significantly undermine Russian as well as regional countries' national interests. Medvedev warning should remind the West against further military adventurism in the sensitive Caucasus region.