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Russia starts large-scale war games, Georgia fumes
Reuters ^ | 6/29/2010 | By Dmitry Solovyov

Posted on 06/29/2010 10:53:55 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Russia launched large-scale military exercises involving thousands of troops across parts of its southern regions on Monday which Georgia said would violate its territory.

The Defence Ministry said the sweep of the week-long "Caucasus 2009" manoeuvres would include the volatile, mainly-Muslim regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia - continuing focus of rebel groups seeking to prize the area from Moscow's control.

Moscow sees the Caucasus mountains area as a strategically vital zone, the approach to prime agricultural and industrial regions and an important energy transit route. The Kremlin views any challenge here as a threat to the overall security and unity of a vast country stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific.

A senior Russian general said the manoeuvres would involve Russian troops stationed in the Georgian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, though the extent of their participation was not clear.

Similar Russian exercises in the same region last August allowed Moscow to send troops and tanks into Georgia quickly to repel government troops who tried to retake South Ossetia. The brief war raised fears in the West over security of gas transit routes from the Caspian Sea to western Europe.

The manoeuvres will involve 8,500 military personnel, 200 tanks, 450 armoured vehicles and 250 pieces of artillery

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abkhazia; blackseafleet; caucasus; georgia; russiannavy; southossetia

1 posted on 06/29/2010 10:53:58 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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2 posted on 06/29/2010 11:05:58 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Seems Pooty-Poot has been rather quiet re: Georgia of late, unless I’ve missed something. Too quiet? (I hope not)


3 posted on 06/29/2010 11:49:53 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Similar Russian exercises in the same region last August allowed Moscow to send troops and tanks into Georgia quickly to repel government troops who tried to retake South Ossetia.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. You do not even have the year right.

4 posted on 06/30/2010 12:01:10 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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