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Russia Stokes Tensions With Georgia As Troops Gather Near Border

Posted by Kris Roman on July 1, 2009

Russia was accused of stoking tensions with Georgia yesterday as it mounted a huge military exercise, in an ominous echo of last summer’s war. Thousands of troops and hundreds of armoured vehicles began the “Caucasus 2009” manoeuvres across southern Russia, close to the border with Georgia.
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Der Spiegel: Georgia not a victim of “Russian aggression”

Posted by Kris Roman on June 17, 2009

Robert Bridge, RT

The reputable German news magazine has sparked uproar in its latest issue by proclaiming that Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili started the war by attacking South Ossetia on August 7, 2008.

In an email exchange with RT, the office of Heidi Tagliavini wrote: “Der Spiegel, in today’s edition (25/2009) published a two page article… which reflects on the work of IIFFMCG in a largely speculative and unsubstantiated way. In this context, I would like to state the following:

“Spiegel’s article is not based on information provided by… Ambassador Tagliavini, or any other authorized sources…. There has been no interview, background briefing or any other way of communication in order to provide information for the article.”

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Russian surveillance of Abkhazia’s skies

Posted by Kris Roman on February 13, 2009

 

su-fighterThe Russian General Staff has chosen the small town of Bombora outside Gudauta to be an air force base. In Soviet times a paratroopers’ regiment was based there. Now about 20 aeroplanes are proposed to be stationed there: Su-27 fighters, Su-25 low-flying attack aircraft and some An-26 transport aircraft.

“The question of stationing a Russian air force unit at the Bombora airfield,” a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told Interfax, “is being discussed at consultations with the Abkhazians alongside the possible creation of a naval base for Black Sea Fleet vessels in Ochamchira.”

And he gave the following details.

This military airfield is the largest in the Caucasus region. Stationing a Russian air force unit on it will not require any large additional expenditure because all the necessary ground infrastructure already exists there.

 

Thanks to its four-kilometre long landing strip, Bombora is capable of receiving all types of fighter and transport planes. Moreover, the landing strip almost runs up to the sea shore, which allows the aircraft to stay at low altitude after taking off, hence becoming practically undetectable by the enemy’s radar.

A source in Abkhazia’s presidential administration also confirmed to the newspaper Vedomosti that consultations were being held. “The republic’s leadership supports this idea,” he said. “In its time this was an effective military airfield. And naturally, it would also be expedient to use it now.”

Incidentally, this expediency was confirmed during the August war. The airfield received transport planes carrying paratroopers who were subsequently disarmed by the remnants of the Georgian army. Weapons seized as military spoils were also sent on to Russia from there.

Abkhazia’s Deputy Defence Minister Zakan Nanba declared back in early September that the republic was ready to hand over Bombora to be used by Russia. Tbilisi responded in outrage: neither they nor their allies would tolerate a Russian military presence on Georgian territory. And they would try to activate “international levers” to prevent this.

The West is displeased.

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Georgia keeps my son by force – Russian soldier’s mom

Posted by Kris Roman on February 11, 2009

chained-prisoner-source-reuters-cThe mother whose son, a Russian soldier, reportedly deserted to live in Georgia says he is being kept in that country against his will. She has been in South Ossetia, where he served, for three days but has yet to meet her son.

Aleksandr Glukhov’s mother claims Georgia has repeatedly denied her request for a meeting, only allowing phone calls. Galina Glukhova also believes someone is controlling what her son says.

“I have talked with him on several occasions and I felt, all the time, that someone was near him. It was not my son who was talking to me. He is a person under psychological pressure. I do want the Georgian authorities to allow my son to travel back home to his family”, Glukhova told Interfax on Wednesday.

Georgia says Sergeant Glukhov fled his army unit due to unbearable living conditions.

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Georgia, Britain to ‘deepen’ military cooperation: Tbilisi

Posted by Kris Roman on February 11, 2009

NATO-hopeful Georgia and Britain plan to “deepen” military cooperation, the ex-Soviet republic’s defence minister said Wednesday after meeting a top British security official.

“Our military cooperation is productive and intensive. We agreed… that these relations will be further deepened,” Defence Minister David Sikharlidze said in televised remarks after talks in Tbilisi with Britain’s minister of international defence and security Ann Taylor.

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A Ukrainian deputy has divulged open secrets

Posted by Kris Roman on February 3, 2009

 

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has accused the head of the parliamentary commission for investigating the supplying of Ukrainian weapons to Georgia Valery Konovalyuk with breaking the law on state secrets.

The SBU thinks that there are signs in the deputy’s activities of him violating “the code guaranteeing secrecy in state bodies”, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the security service’s press office. And the secret material which has become public has damaged “the national interests of the country”. As a result, on 25th January the SBU drew up a report on an administrative infringement of the law and passed the case on to the courts.

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Georgian general who announced S.Ossetia attack faces pressure

Posted by Kris Roman on October 28, 2008

 

A Georgian general who announced Georgia’s ‘counterattack’ against South Ossetia before an official decision had been made by the leadership faced a grilling by a parliamentary commission in Tbilisi on Tuesday.

After the attack on the Georgian separatist province and the ensuing conflict with Russia, peacekeeping commander Gen. Mamuka Kurashvili was reprimanded by the Defense Ministry for making the announcement without authorization.

Georgia says the decision to attack was made after Russian peacekeepers began bombing peacekeeping positions in South Ossetia’s capital, Tskhinvali. However, the Russian military says the aerial attacks were launched by Georgia, beginning a full 20 minutes after Kurashvili’s announcement, and that the early announcement gave Georgian peacekeepers time to flee Tskhinvali.

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Italy pledges 3 mln euros in aid to Georgia

Posted by Kris Roman on October 22, 2008

 

Italy will provide 3 million euros ($3.8 million) worth of humanitarian aid to Georgia this year to help rebuild the country following its armed conflict with Russia, the country’s deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Alfredo Mantica said in addition, Rome would foot a 2.2-million euro bill for the deployment of 40 Italian observers in buffer zones around South Ossetia and Abkhazia as part of an EU peacekeeping mission in the region.

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Latvia to donate $700,000 for Georgia reconstruction

Posted by Kris Roman on October 21, 2008

Latvia is to give Georgia $700,000 to aid reconstruction efforts in the wake of its recent war with Russia, the Latvian foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Maris Riekstins said the money would be provided from Latvia’s state budget in 2010 and 2011.

Russia launched a five-day military operation to “force Georgia to accept peace” after Georgian troops attacked breakaway South Ossetia on August 8, killing a number of Russian peacekeepers and hundreds of civilians.

Russia’s response to the Georgian attack was labeled disproportionate by a number of Western powers. On August 26, Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.

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Russia Says Georgia Tries to Provoke New Conflict

Posted by Kris Roman on October 7, 2008

 

New York Times

Russia accused the Georgian government on Monday of “seeking to provoke new hostilities” even as Russian peacekeepers were dismantling key checkpoints outside the separatist enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Authorities in Abkhazia said that an Abkhaz border guard was killed Monday in an exchange of fire with gunmen on the Georgian side. On Friday, a car bomb in the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, killed eight Russian soldiers and three Ossetian civilians.

Russia has said Georgia is responsible for these attacks and three others in the disputed territories in recent days. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, made a formal appeal to his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, on Monday, asking the European Union to “take necessary measures to stabilize the situation in keeping with its commitments.”

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USS Mason may call at Georgian port – Russian source

Posted by Kris Roman on October 5, 2008

 

The USS Mason, an Evarts-class destroyer escort that is part of the U.S. missile-defense system, could dock in Georgia in the next few days, a Russian intelligence source said on Friday.

He said the USS Mason is currently in the eastern part of the Black Sea.

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Schroder: Georgia in NATO May Spark War With Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on September 27, 2008

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder warned NATO on Thursday that allowing aspiring member Georgia, with its “unpredictable” leader, to join the defense alliance could lead to an armed conflict with Russia. 

Schroder, a close personal friend of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, said he had been shocked at the one-sided approach Western nations had taken in their dealings with Russia over its conflict with Georgia. 

“Whoever brings Georgia into NATO must know that in light of — I will put this politely — the unpredictable nature of the current leadership and an encirclement policy [toward Russia], which is supported by the United States — NATO could end up getting entangled in a conflict,” SchrЪder said. 

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Brussels must veto Georgia NATO bid – Belgian MPs

Posted by Kris Roman on September 25, 2008

 

Belgium should veto Georgia’s bid to join NATO after its attack on breakaway South Ossetia last month, senior Belgian lawmakers said on Thursday.

Speaking at a news conference following a fact-finding trip to South Ossetia, Josi Dubie said: “We must by all means prevent Georgia from becoming a NATO member due to its belligerent and aggressive policy. We do not want to be part of that policy.”

Fellow senator, Christine Defraigne, who also visited the region, said admitting Georgia to the military alliance would be “reckless and insane.”

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Iran says NATO interference in Caucasus unproductive

Posted by Kris Roman on September 16, 2008

 

Iranian Resistance

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the Caucasus does not need NATO interference in the region in the wake of the recent conflict in Georgia.

“Countries in the Caucasus region can solve their own problems without the interference of NATO or others,” Ahmadinejad said at a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan in Tehran.

“Such interference will only worsen the situation in the Caucasus,” he added.

NATO chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, heading a delegation of envoys from all 26 members of the Western military alliance, arrived in Georgia on Monday to discuss plans for Tbilisi’s possible NATO membership and met with President Mikheil Saakashvili.

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Georgia lost up to 3,000 men in S. Ossetia conflict

Posted by Kris Roman on September 15, 2008

About 3,000 Georgian military and police personnel were killed during its recent attempt to take control of South Ossetia, a Russian intelligence source said on Monday.

Georgian troops attacked the breakaway republic on August 8, killing a number of Russian peacekeepers and hundreds of civilians. In response, Russia launched a five-day military operation to “force Georgia to accept peace.”

“Our data gathered from various sources indicates that Georgia lost up to 3,000 servicemen and police in the attack on South Ossetia,” the source said, adding that Georgia’s Western allies also were aware of numbers involved.

“Georgia’s leadership is attempting to cover up the real scale of the losses and is officially reporting about 70 confirmed deaths,” he said. “But their figures are significantly understated.”

The source said Georgia suffered such heavy losses because of the poor training and low morale of its military personnel, especially reservists.

“Besides, many Georgian soldiers, who are accounted for as MIA, are deserters,” he added. “Georgian police are still looking for these people, who simply left the battlefield.”

Official statements last week put Russia’s losses in the short conflict with Georgia at 66 killed and at least 340 wounded.

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Russia lowers official death toll from Georgia conflict

Posted by Kris Roman on September 13, 2008

The official death toll from Moscow’s military operation in Georgia was Thursday revised to 66 soldiers, five less than previously announced.”During the fighting to counter the Georgian army’s attack, 66 Russian soldiers were killed,” Vladimir Markin from the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The previous official death toll, issued September 3 by the Russian army, put the number at 71.

The armed conflict — that began August 7 and lasted for five days — was set off when the Georgian army entered the breakaway pro-Russian region of South Ossetia and sparked a counter-offensive from Moscow.

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Hague considers Georgia’s claims of Russian human rights abuse

Posted by Kris Roman on September 8, 2008

 

The International Court of Justice in The Hague began hearings on Monday into Georgian claims of Russian human rights violations.

Tbilisi claims that Russian forces and local militias infringed the human rights of Georgian nationals residing in its breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia between 1990 and 2008. It says a systematic campaign against Georgians in the republics has forced more than 300,000 from their homes since 1991.

Georgia is seeking an injunction from the court ordering Moscow to halt “murder” and “forced displacement” in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The court must first decide if it has jurisdiction in the case.

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President Medvedev says Russians still regard Georgians as brothers

Posted by Kris Roman on September 7, 2008

 

RIA Novosti

President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday that Russia has not changed its warm and brotherly attitude toward the Georgian people after Tbilisi’s recent attack on South Ossetia.

“We still have brotherly attitude toward the Georgian people and nothing could have shattered these feelings,” Medvedev said at the opening of a new subway station in Moscow.

Russia and Georgia fought a brief war after Tbilisi launched in early August an attack aimed at bringing the breakaway pro-Russian region of South Ossetia back under its control. Russia’s operation to “force Georgia to peace” was criticized in the West as excessive.

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CSTO condemns Georgia’s actions in S.Ossetia, backs Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on September 6, 2008

 

Leaders of a post-Soviet regional security bloc have censured Georgia over its actions in South Ossetia and backed Moscow, the Russian president said Friday.

“Our partners in the [Collective Security Treaty] Organization have made an unequivocally negative assessment of Georgia’s actions, Georgia’s aggression in South Ossetia, and supported Russia’s active role, highlighting the need to ensure lasting security in South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” Dmitry Medvedev said.

He said that the CSTO member states “are deeply concerned by Georgia’s attempt to resolve the conflict in South Ossetia through the use of force,” leading to “numerous casualties among noncombatants and peacekeepers.”

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NATO Has No Moral Right To Judge As Putin Assails US Over Georgia

Posted by Kris Roman on September 2, 2008

NATO has repeatedly ignored the United Nations and international law and has “no moral right” to judge Russia for its decision to recognise two rebel Georgian regions, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday.

“In recent years, NATO has on several occasions, demonstratively, ignored the UN charter and other norms of international law,” foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said.

“So it has no moral right to the role of mentor in matters of international relations and to judge the actions of other states,” he said.

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‘Right is on our side’ over Georgia crisis says Putin

Posted by Kris Roman on August 31, 2008

 

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that “right is on our side” in regard to the current crisis over Georgia. Putin was speaking on the Russian Vesti TV channel.

“Whatever they might say there – right is on our side,” said Putin, referring to Western criticism.

Last Tuesday, Moscow recognized South Ossetia and another Georgian breakaway republic, Abkhazia, as independent states, despite warnings from Western leaders not to do so. The move came two weeks after Moscow had announced the end of its operation “to force Georgia to peace.”

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Russia had no choice but counterattack in S.Ossetia – Gorbachev

Posted by Kris Roman on August 31, 2008

 

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Russia had no choice but to launch a counterattack to Georgia’s offensive in breakaway South Ossetia, but it is still possible to find a political solution to the crisis.

“What happened on the night of August 7 is beyond comprehension,” Gorbachev said in an article The Guardian published on Wednesday. “The Georgian military attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali with multiple rocket launchers designed to devastate large areas.”

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Georgia conflict may have been provoked to aid U.S. presidential candidate – Putin

Posted by Kris Roman on August 29, 2008

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin prompted an angry reaction from Washington on Thursday after suggesting the Georgia conflict may have been provoked to give an advantage to “one of” the U.S. presidential candidates.

“If my guess is right, then it raises the suspicion that someone in the US deliberately created this conflict in order to worsen the situation and create an advantage… for one of the candidates for the post of president of the United States,” Putin said on CNN.

The White House dismissed the allegation as “patently false.”

“To suggest that the United States orchestrated this on behalf of a political candidate – it sounds not rational,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said.

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Georgia hides behind NATO warship

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

http://english.pravda.ru

A U.S. military ship carrying humanitarian aid docked at the Georgian Black Sea port of Batumi on Wednesday, avoiding the port of Poti, which is still controlled by Russian forces

 

The U.S. embassy changed its version of events several times in the last 24 hours. At first, it announced Tuesday that its aid ship would dock Wednesday at Poti. Then early Wednesday, the embassy said that plans had changed, and the ship would dock at Batumi.

 

Later in the day, the U.S. Embassy retracted its earlier statement that an aid ship would dock in Poti. The spokesperson would not allow their name to be used.

 

 

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Russia recognizes South Ossetia and Abkhazia to save people’s lives

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“The people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia have repeatedly supported their independence. We understand that they have a right to determine their fate themselves after what happened recently,” Medvedev said in a televised address.

“They addressed to Russia with a request to recognize their independence. Taking into consideration the free will of the peoples, the UN Charter and OSCE documents, I have signed decrees to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on behalf of the Russian Federation. This is the only way to save people’s lives,” Medvedev said.

Medvedev compared Saakashvili’s actions with the position of a former Georgian President, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, who unleashed the war under the slogan “Georgia for Georgians.”

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NATO helps Georgia restore air defenses, ups Black Sea presence

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

NATO is helping to restore Georgia’s air defenses and has deployed 10 warships in the Black Sea, with another eight expected soon, the deputy chief of the Russian General Staff said Tuesday.

“Measures are being taken with assistance from NATO experts to create facilities for airspace control and to restore airfields,” Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn said.

He also expressed bewilderment at the “increased activity of NATO’s naval forces… in the Black Sea.”

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Serbian premier links Georgia situation to Kosovo

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

European Friends of Serbia

http://efserbia.wordpress.com/

Serbia’s prime minister has said the recent events that led to Russia’s recognition of two Georgian breakaway republics were a knock-on effect of Western powers’ recognition of Kosovo’s independence.

Russia, Serbia’s key ally, refused to recognize Kosovo as a sovereign state after the predominantly ethnic Albanian province declared its independence in February. Moscow at the time rejected Western powers’ claims that Kosovo was a ‘special case,’ and said that recognition would fuel separatist movements in other countries.

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) backs Russian role in Georgia conflict

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

China and the other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) voiced their support on Thursday for Russia’s actions in Georgia and South Ossetia following the recent conflict.

However, the Asian countries stopped short of backing Russia’s move to recognize the independence of the breakaway province, along with Georgia’s other rebel region, Abkhazia.

“The leaders of the SCO member states welcome the signing in Moscow of the six principles for regulating the South Ossetia conflict, and support Russia’s active role in assisting peace and cooperation in this region,” a joint declaration adopted at the SCO summit in Tajikistan said.

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S.Ossetia says Georgian drone shot down over capital

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

A Georgian unmanned reconnaissance plane was shot down early on Thursday over the South Ossetian capital, a local Interior Ministry official said.

“A Georgian drone was flying from south to north over Tskhinvali at 00.10 Moscow time (20.10 GMT). South Ossetian military units opened fire at the UAV and shot it down,” said acting Interior Minister Mikhail Mindzayev.

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Russia seeks support from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Georgia dispute

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

Russia’s president said on Thursday he expects China and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to support Russia’s role in Georgia following the recent conflict.

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Georgia cuts diplomatic presence in Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

Georgia on Wednesday withdrew all but two of its diplomats from Russia a day after Moscow recognized Georgia’s two rebel regions as independent, but Russia insisted that bilateral contacts must be maintained.

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said: “the Foreign Ministry has decided to reduce to a minimum the number of its diplomats in Russia.”

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‘Human rights were violated’ in Ossetia – European watchdog

Posted by Kris Roman on August 23, 2008

http://www.russiatoday.com

Europe’s top human rights official has arrived in war-ravaged South Ossetia on a fact-finding mission. Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg from the Council of Europe Human is being accompanied by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Lukin. They say their goal is to gather evidence from all sides and to compile a report on their findings.
Thomas Hammarberg said: “I know that human rights were violated during the conflict.”

“I’m not going to involve myself in politics”, he said. “I am only here to look at the human rights situation and come up with recommendations on how these rights can be protected in the future. Our report will be objective and impartial”.

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South Ossetia says Georgian attack caused $4 billion damage

Posted by Kris Roman on August 22, 2008

Georgia’s recent military operations in South Ossetia caused some 100 billion rubles ($4.1 billion) in damage, according to the breakaway republic’s preliminary estimates.

South Ossetia’s deputy speaker of parliament, Tarzan Kokoity, speaking of the destruction of local factories, said: “Today it is senseless to speak of the republic having its own industries.”

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UN split over Georgia resolutions

Posted by Kris Roman on August 22, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7575939.stm

The UN Security Council is deadlocked over the situation in Georgia with the US and Russia rejecting rival resolutions on the crisis.
Washington says it is prepared to veto a Russian resolution seeking to implement a six-point ceasefire plan.
Russia has reiterated its opposition to a rival French text reaffirming Georgia’s territorial integrity.
Russian says its troops will leave Georgia on Friday but 500 will stay in a “buffer zone” around South Ossetia.
Local reports suggest Russian troops are still dug in at positions inside Georgia, but there has been some movement around the town of Gori, which Russia has promised to leave by 1600 GMT.
“They are going, but extremely slowly,” Vova Djugali, police chief at the nearby village of Igoeti, told AFP news agency.
Meanwhile, a Nato spokeswoman says Russia’s defence ministry has decided to halt all military co-operation with the bloc to protest at what Moscow calls the alliance’s biased, pro-Georgian view of the conflict.
The move by Moscow followed a Nato statement that there would be no “business as usual” with Moscow unless its troops pulled out of Georgia.
A White House spokesman said President George W Bush expected Russia “to abide by its agreement to withdraw forces”.

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Abkhazia parliament approves call to Russia for recognition

Posted by Kris Roman on August 20, 2008

Abkhazia’s parliament has approved an appeal by the president of the separatist republic for Russia to recognize its independence from Georgia. The proclamation was backed by all 26 MPs attending the extraordinary session.

The MPs also adopted an appeal to the parliaments and governments of other countries. The recognition request was prepared shortly after Georgia launched an offensive on South Ossetia, another secessionist republic in Georgia, on August 8.

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From Kosovo to South Ossetia: in search of a precedent

Posted by Kris Roman on August 20, 2008

Oksana Antonenko, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies for RIA Novosti

When Europe and the US advocated the independence of Kosovo, many experts warned that its impact on the Caucasus would be destabilising.

The Allies responded by repeating that Kosovo was a unique case and should not be seen as a precedent. At that time this position was interpreted either as ignorance or wishful thinking.

Just a few months after the unilateral declaration by Kosovo of independence, its consequences have already reshaped the international system, challenged regional security in Eurasia and provoked a chain of events leading to the most devastating war in the Caucasus since the collapse of the Soviet Union. As we move from the military phase of the Georgian-Russian conflict over South Ossetia towards the resolution of the status of Georgia’s two break-away regions, the Balkans experience will continue to dominate the minds of Ossetians, Abkhazians and Georgians alike and further aggravate Western-Russian relations.

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Russia finds Ukrainian car plates at Georgian army base

Posted by Kris Roman on August 20, 2008

Moscow intends to send an official request to Kiev to identify Ukrainian diplomatic license plates discovered by Russian intelligence officers at a Georgian military base, Russia’s NATO envoy said Friday. “We do not know what they were intended for, we are merely stating a fact,” Dmitry Rogozin said.

The suspicious discovery, which could signal that Ukraine was involved in the recent conflict in Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia, was made in Senaki, in western Georgia.

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Georgia develops huge provocation against Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on August 20, 2008

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated Sunday that Russia would begin to withdraw its troops from Georgia on August 18. Peacemakers and units of the 58th army, which participated in the peace-enforcement operation after Georgia’s aggression in South Ossetia, will thus leave the territory of Georgia. The decision marked Moscow’s initiative in the implementation of the document originally signed by Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

It seems that Georgia does not intend to abide by its obligations. Nothing has been reported about Georgia’s plans to pull out its troops from the conflict zone. Moreover, Russian defense officials said that Georgia was conducting subversive military activities in the Caucasus. To crown it all it was said that Georgia was developing a massive provocation against Russia in the town of Gori.

“An armed group consisting of Georgian and Ukrainian nationalists and Georgia-based Chechen terrorists is being urgently formed on the outskirts of Gori. They plan to make their way to Gori and wear Russian military informs to pillage and torment the local population,” an official of the Russian Defense Ministry said. He added that the information had been received through intelligence and radio intercept.

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Russian president pledges harsh response to aggression

Posted by Kris Roman on August 19, 2008

The president of Russia promised on Monday a tough response to any aggression against its nationals, saying that Moscow had the political, economic and military means to back up its words.
“If anyone thinks they can get away with killing our citizens and officers, we will not allow this,” Dmitry Medvedev said. “Anyone who tries to do something of the kind will receive a crushing response, and we have all the capabilities for this – economic, political and military.”

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South Ossetia – a new Afghanistan for the US

Posted by Kris Roman on August 19, 2008

By Aleksandr Nikitin

Major-general KGB retired

So it happened, at last. Cold war is over. We are fighting already. Washington has made a decision to finish what was started in 1991: main American objective for Russia – to destabilize the country, to establish a full control over the natural resources through a division of the country into a numerous puppet states. Americans were never too cautious to cover the scheme. It was only a matter of time. Now the time has come.

Left : Alexandr Nikitin, toasting with Euro-Rus chairman Kris Roman (right) and PZRK-responsable Sergei Voitshinsky (middle)

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South Ossetia conflict cost Russia $100 mln a day

Posted by Kris Roman on August 18, 2008

The first five days of the conflict in Georgia’s breakaway republic of South Ossetia cost Russia around 12.5 billion rubles ($508.7 million), a popular daily said on Wednesday.

“According to a rough estimate which needs verification…Russia’s spending on the war in South Ossetia amounted to 2.5 billion rubles ($101.7 million) per day,” the Nezavisimaya Gazeta said.

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Russia moves SS-21 missiles into Georgia: US defense official

Posted by Kris Roman on August 18, 2008

Russia has moved short-range SS-21 missile launchers into South Ossetia since fighting there halted, and has yet to give any sign of a significant pullback of its troops from Georgia, US officials said Monday.

Instead, there were indications that Russia was adding ground troops and equipment to its force in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, strengthening its hold over the breakaway Georgian regions, the officials said.

“We are seeing evidence of SS-21 missiles in South Ossetia,” a US defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The SS-21’s 70 to 120 kilometer range (43 to 75 miles) should put them within striking distance of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, officials said.

Later Monday, another US defense official said, “While we are still monitoring the situation and it is probably a little early, we have not seen any significant Russian movement out of Georgia today.”

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Georgia used US and Ukrainian mercenaries in its aggression against South Ossetia

Posted by Kris Roman on August 15, 2008

Russia has won the war in Georgia. US-based scientist of politics at Nixon Center, Dmitri Simes, told ITAR-TASS that Russia would now need to win the world in cooperation with the USA. The expert means that Russia currently needs to try to turn the past events in South Ossetia to advantage of US-Russian relations.

Ossetians, Abkhazians and members of other Causaian minorities living in Turkey hold posters of German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Georgian President Mikhail Saakasvili with the words in Turkish that mean ‘ No difference’ as they shout slogans outside Ge

Simes believes that it is a possible, albeit a hard goal to achieve. Simes is certain that no one in the US political establishment incited the Georgian president to invade South Ossetia. Saakashvili simply overestimated his own significance in Washington’s eyes and misinterpreted messages, which the US administration was sending him, the expert believes.

In its turn, America decided not to fall into Russia’s confidence, especially when Georgian troops retreated beyond South Ossetian borders. In addition, Washington wanted not to keep its front going after the debacle it suffered in foreign politics.

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Chronicle of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict: Fact sheet

Posted by Kris Roman on August 15, 2008

In the Soviet times South Ossetia was an autonomous area within Georgia. In 1991 Georgia’s first president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, abolished the autonomy. The South Ossetian authorities rejected that decision and put up an armed resistance to the Georgians.

In January 1991 open warfare broke out between Georgia and South Ossetia claiming heavy casualties on both sides.

After the armed conflict, which lasted until 1992, Georgia lost control over the territory and peacekeeping forces were introduced into the conflict zone.

In 1994 talks to settle the conflict began. On May 16, 1996 a memorandum on security and confidence measures between the sides was signed in Moscow. The Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and South Ossetian President Lyudvig Chibirov had several meetings to discuss ways to end the conflict. Russia was the mediator in the negotiation process. On December 23, 2000 a Russian-Georgian intergovernmental agreement was signed on interaction and economic reconstruction in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone and on the return of refugees. In April 2001 a referendum in South Ossetia introduced changes in the republic’s constitution. Georgia considers the referendum to be illegal.

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Russian troops have begun handing over control of the area around the town of Gori to Georgian security forces.

Posted by Kris Roman on August 15, 2008

A top Russian general refused to say when troops would withdraw – they would remain for days to remove weaponry and help restore law and order in Gori.
A BBC correspondent said a series of explosions was heard coming from hills around the town on Thursday.
Georgia attacked the rebel region of South Ossetia from Gori a week ago, prompting Russian retaliation.
In Moscow, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met the leaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia – Georgia’s other separatist region – and pledged to support any decision the regions made about their borders.

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Russia and Georgia: economy as a battlefield

Posted by Kris Roman on August 15, 2008

RIA Novosti economic commentator Vlad Grinkevich

In international conflicts economic levers are sometimes more effective than military moves.

Blockading supplies of strategic raw materials, freezing money transfers, and strikes at the businesses of the national Diaspora may deal as much damage as tank attacks and air strikes. Since coming to power Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has repeatedly complained about Russian economic pressure, and has done much to separate the economies of the two countries.

Today, economic relations between Russia and Georgia have been reduced to the minimum. In conditions of tough confrontation, not to mention armed conflict, this situation is in many respects favorable to Georgia because it reduces the threat of economic pressure.

Georgia needs about 1.8 billion cubic meters of gas per year, but unlike many countries in the region it does not depend on Russia for it. It receives almost all of its oil and gas from Azerbaijan. However, a pipeline pumping Russian gas to Armenia passes through Georgian territory. This year, Armenia is to receive 2.1 billion cubic meters of gas. Georgia gets 10%, or 210 million cubic meters, as a transit fee. Despite the recent conflict the supplies have not been stopped. Georgian Minister of Energy Alexander Khetaguri said at a news conference that there is no threat to the pipeline at all. However, on August 11, Georgian gas workers reduced supplies by 30%, later explaining that this was because they needed to conduct some tests. Armenia, meanwhile, has no grievances against either side. The reductions do not affect its consumption, and the deficit can be compensated by gas from its underground depot.

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Conflit osséto-géorgien: le Kazakhstan et la Biélorussie au secours des victimes

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Le Kazakhstan et la Biélorussie ont décidé de venir au secours des victimes du conflit osséto-géorgien dans le cadre du Conseil interétatique de la CEI pour les situations d’urgence, a déclaré jeudi à RIA Novosti un porte-parole du ministère russe des Situations d’urgence (MSU).

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Israel backs Tbilisi in battle with Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

JERUSALEM — Georgian tanks and infantry, aided by Israeli military
advisers, captured the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, Tskhinvali,
early Friday, Aug. 8, bringing the Georgian-Russian conflict over the
province to a military climax.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin threatened a “military response.”

Former Soviet Georgia called up its military reserves after Russian
warplanes bombed its new positions in the renegade province.

In Moscow’s first response to the fall of Tskhinvali, president Dimitry
Medvedev ordered the Russian army to prepare for a national emergency
after calling the UN Security Council into emergency session early Friday.

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War in the Caucasus: The Israeli Connection

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

For past seven years, Israeli companies have been helping Georgian army to prepare for war against Russia through arms deals, traing of infantry units and security advice.

By ARIE EGOZI
YNet News Sunday, 10 August 2008

TEL AVIV — The fighting which broke out over the weekend
between Russia and Georgia has brought Israel’s intensive
involvement in the region into the limelight. This involvement
includes the sale of advanced weapons to Georgia and the
training of the Georgian army’s infantry forces.

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Ossetia sets up its precedent

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Alexei Malashenko for RIA Novosti

The recent developments in South Ossetia provoke mixed feelings, first, compassion. At the same time when you regularly watch on television scenes that are reminiscent of Chechnya it causes irritation and at times anger. But that is the emotional side. It is far more important to understand rationally what has happened.

In fact, it is hard to say who was the first to pull the trigger. I have a hunch that emotions have played their sinister role, at any rate, on Saakashvili’s part. At a certain point he felt that he could make it, that he was strong enough. I think he acted without counseling with his “senior partners.” Up until yesterday their reaction was unclear. It looks as if the United States has been caught unawares.

The same is true of Russia, hence the delay with the eventual tough reaction. Russia could not believe that Saakashvili could risk sending his tanks and Grad rockets…. That sense of bewilderment passed. A decision was made and, as far as I can judge from the public reaction, the overwhelming majority has supported the government’s tough response.

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Russian peacekeepers remove weapons from Georgian arms depot

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Russian peacekeepers are removing equipment and weapons from an arms depot discovered near the Georgian town of Gori, close to the border with South Ossetia, a peacekeeping spokesman said on Wednesday.

“We have discovered an undefended Georgian army depot containing a significant amount of military hardware and weapons near the town of Gori. The military hardware is in full working order and combat ready,” the spokesman said.

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Moscow says some 70 Russian soldiers killed in S.Ossetia

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

A top Russian military official said on Wednesday that 74 Russian military personnel died during recent fighting with Georgian troops in breakaway South Ossetia.

“At least 74 servicemen were killed, 171 were wounded and 19 are missing in action as of Wednesday morning,” said Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of the General Staff.

Wednesday was declared a day of mourning in Russia.

Russian officials earlier said about 1,600 civilians were killed and more than 30,000 have fled South Ossetia since Georgia attempted to regain control of the region by launching a large-scale offensive last Friday.

During the subsequent Russian military operation to force Georgian troops out of the de facto independent republic and to reinforce its peacekeepers, Moscow sent some 10,000 troops and several hundred armored vehicles into the area.

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Youth organizations gathered overnight near the Christ the Savior Cathedral in central Moscow to honor the dead in South Ossetia as a fragile ceasefire took hold in Georgia.

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Top Russian investigators have opened a criminal case on charges of genocide in connection with recent events in South Ossetia, a General Prosecutor’s Office spokesman said on Thursday.

The Investigation Committee at the General Prosecutor’s Office “initiated a genocide probe based on reports of actions committed by Georgian troops aimed at murdering Russian citizens – ethnic Ossetians – living in South Ossetia,” said Igor Komissarov, deputy chairman of the Investigation Committee.

Russia has accused Georgia of committing “genocide” by launching an offensive last Friday to regain control of the separatist province of South Ossetia. Russia is calling for an international war crimes trial for the Georgian leadership, which Moscow says is responsible for massive loss of life in South Ossetia.

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Youth organizations honor S. Ossetia dead at Moscow rally

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Youth organizations gathered overnight near the Christ the Savior Cathedral in central Moscow to honor the dead in South Ossetia as a fragile ceasefire took hold in Georgia.

Russia has said that 1,600 civilians died in a Georgian attack on Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway republic of South Ossetia, on August 8.

Some 700 people, including the pro-Kremlin youth movements Nashi and Molodaya Gvardia, lit 2,000 candles and observed a moment of silence.

“We feel deeply for the South Ossetian people and the relatives of our peacekeepers who died at the hands of the Georgian aggressors,” said one of the participants.

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Georgia sues Russia over Georgian ethnic cleansing

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Georgia has filed a lawsuit against Russia at the International Court of Justice over alleged ethnic cleansing, the Georgian National Security Council secretary said.

“The suit contains material showing that Russia has committed ethnic cleansing against Georgia [during three interventions in South Ossetia and Abkhazia] from 1993 to 2008,” Alexander Lomaya said.

He said the suit, which was submitted Tuesday, was immediately accepted for consideration and a preliminary investigation had already started.

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What court will Saakashvili be taken to?

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

RIA Novosti correspondent Valentin Rakhmanov

Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali after lengthy artillery preparations and shootings. Was this an attempt to resolve the conflict with South Ossetia by force, as some experts see it? The answer is both “yes” and “no.”

Russia and Abkhazia were likely to defend South Ossetia from a Georgian attack, and NATO was likely not to help the Georgian army directly. Tbilisi fully realized that, and for this reason Mikheil Saakashvili could hardly have hoped to resolve his territorial problem by a military operation. So, what was the point of what Vladimir Putin described as a “bloody venture?”

Before this conflict, Saakashvili often emphasized the need for NATO peacekeepers’ presence in the region. It would help him exert more pressure on Abkhazia, and particularly, South Ossetia with a view to bringing them back to Georgia.

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S.Ossetia, Abkhazia to seek sovereignty under international law

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

South Ossetia and Abkhazia will seek independence from Tbilisi under international law, the leaders of Georgia’s two rebel regions said Thursday at a joint news conference in Moscow.

South Ossetia’s Eduard Kokoity said Georgia’s attack on August 8 made it possible for the two separatist provinces to seek further international recognition.

“Despite the severe blow to our nation, South Ossetians’ will and striving for independence remains unchanged,” he said. “We will seek independence in strict compliance with international law.”

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Russia’s Lavrov slams Bush statement on S.Ossetia

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Russia’s foreign minister criticized on Wednesday comments made by the U.S. president on fighting in Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia as being based on unverified reports.

Sergei Lavrov also said Washington has to choose between cooperation with Russia and Georgian leaders who he described as a “virtual project” for the United States.

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Russian military concerned by U.S. cargo flights to Georgia

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Russia’s General Staff said Thursday it was concerned by the nature of cargoes the United States was airlifting to Georgia, questioning if they were really humanitarian aid.

The U.S. sent two C-17 military planes to Georgia late Wednesday and early Thursday as part of a Pentagon humanitarian mission.

In a statement Wednesday, President George W. Bush said Washington would “use U.S. aircraft, as well as naval forces” to distribute supplies, and demanded Russia withdraw troops from Georgia.

At a news conference Thursday, Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of the General Staff, urged the media to press U.S. officials for trustworthy information on the U.S. role in Georgia.

“What is going on there?” he asked. “We, the Russians, are extremely concerned about it.”

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Russians begin Georgia handover

Posted by Kris Roman on August 14, 2008

Russian troops have begun handing over control of the area around the town of Gori to Georgian security forces. A top Russian general refused to say when troops would withdraw – they would remain for days to remove weaponry and help restore law and order in Gori.

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