Officials in Georgia have made news lately by breaking up an alleged Russian spy ring and intercepting a weapons-grade uranium trafficking operation. But these two successes in 2010 seem unlikely to revive Tbilisi’s chances of getting back on the fast-track toward membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Georgian officials say they will trumpet their recent achievements during two upcoming security summits – the NATO meeting November 19-20 in Lisbon, and an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe conclave in Astana in early December.
Russia is poised to figure heavily at both events; President Dmitri Medvedev will attend the Lisbon Summit, where Russian–NATO relations are slated for discussion on the second day.
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Molly Corso is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi.