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The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.
Last week’s round-up dealt with the power struggle in Georgia and the interesting discovery of several arms caches. After the Georgian authorities found more weapons and surveillance videos, President Saakashvili came clean a few days ago and admitted that the caches were set up on his order:
President Saakashvili said on June 23 that arms caches, which the Interior Ministry says it found in Samegrelo region, were in fact those secret storages which he instructed to create after the August, 2008 war as part of a broader defensive plan in case of resumption of aggression against the country.
This prompted some talk about an impeachment of the Georgian President and Prime Minister Ivanishvili mentioned the possibility of an arrest following October’s presidential election, when Mikheil Saakashvili will leave office after his second term as President. The struggle is apparently taking its toll on the Prime Minister and Ivanishvili announced his plans to leave after the next election as well. But until then, he is debunking the claim of being a Russian puppet. During this week’s visit of NATO’s senior political governing body, the North Atlantic Council, Georgian PM Ivanishvili reinforced that “joining NATO as soon as possible” is a priority for his country.