US is using protests in Georgia to take control of Anaklia Port

Summary

The protests in Tbilisi have an external component. A confrontation between countries to receive control over Georgia’s Anaklia deep-sea port has a geopolitical dimension. Even the most cautious steps taken by Tbilisi to build a dialogue with Moscow cause nervousness in Washington.

It is evident that Anaklia will be developing not only as a logistical facility, but also as a naval base. This will accelerate Georgia’s integration into Euro-Atlantic structures. As a result, the US and NATO ships will be stationed close to the Russian borders, including Crimea and Abkhazia. Washington in playing out its Georgian strategy.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US presence in Europe.

The Anaklia deep-sea port has been a target of pro-Kremlin disinformation for a long time. Over the past months, Russian and pro-Russian actors have been continuously raising the issue of construction of deep-sea ports in Georgia. These actors voice that the Anaklia Port is unacceptable for Russia, that it is designed for US and NATO military bases and that Georgia does not need deep-sea ports.

The Anaklia Port, however, is a Georgian initiative intended as a step toward developing the country's logistical infrastructure. The project is commercial and aims to create a world-class port complex for Georgia.

See disinformation narratives on the Anaklia deep-sea port here and here. More about pro-Russian disinformation narratives around Anaklia Port is here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Russia, Georgia
  • Keywords: Black Sea, US presence in Europe
  • Outlet: Fond Stratehicheskoy Kultury
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