Conference on Armament

Miles and Jeff from ACA tipped me off on “this recent statement”: from Russian Ambassador Loshchinin at the CD.

Arguing that Georgia ought not be an observer at the Conference, he stated

bq. The request of Georgia to be an observer here at the Conference of Disarmament is somewhat surprising. I will not refer to the details of the events of August of 2008, when the regime of Saakashvili launched its aggression against South Ossetia. I will simply remind you that over the last several years Tbilisi has increased its military budget thirty fold, thirty times, which can not be in any way in line with the work of our Conference. *The name of our Conference is the Conference on Disarmament and not on armament.*

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