The Caucasus Eagle military exercises of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia continue. This year Ukraine's armed forces are participating in the maneuvers as observers. They are aimed at intimidating Armenia.
9 months after the end of the 44-day war in Karabakh, official Tbilisi allows itself to be drawn into a dubious undertaking, fraught with the loss of neutrality.
Caucasus Eagle is not the only joint military exercise involving the armed forces of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia. This year, from 4 to 8 October, The "Eternity-2021" computer-assisted command and staff exercises will be held in Georgia.
Its main goal is to establish interaction for jointly ensuring the security of regional strategic facilities such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.
Armenia's transport and communications links with the outside world pass through Georgia. This factor allows Ankara to dictate to Tbilisi conditions conducive to the isolation of Armenia.
The national forces in Georgia have repeatedly demanded that the authorities reconsider the format of cooperation with Azerbaijan and Turkey, as well as abandon joint military exercises. The last time this appeal was made in 2019 by the leader of the Labor Party of Georgia, Shalva Natelashvili. This was preceded by the border conflict between Georgia and Azerbaijan over the ownership of the medieval monastery complex David Gareji.
It is known that at the end of last year, the Turkish government provided the Georgian Ministry of Defense with a grant of 100 million lira (almost $18 million) . Fees of this kind are made by Ankara almost every year. The previous grant of this kind was provided for the renovation of the military airfield in Marneuli.
The funds are allocated on the condition that with the donated money Georgia purchases weapons from Turkish military-industrial companies, and at dubious prices from the point of view of competitiveness. Turkey not only pulls Georgia into the sphere of its military-political influence, but also provides patronage to its own military-industrial complex enterprises.
Many people in Tbilisi are aware of this. But the authorities still do not dare to show political will.