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Crossfire War - Georgian Police Surround Russian Military Headquarters Tbilisi
newsblaze ^ | September 29, 2006 | Willard Payne

Posted on 09/29/2006 3:40:36 PM PDT by joan

Crossfire War - MOSCOW WATCH - South Caucasus Theatre: Moscow - Brussels/Tbilisi; Positions Harden - Russian Amb. Demands Immediate Release of Arrested Officers - Georgian Police Surround Russian Military Headquarters in Tbilisi - Brussels Declares Non-Involvement - Calls for Moderation

Night Watch: MOSCOW - "The actions of the Georgian authorities are an insult to Russia. We will not tolerate such treatment. Russia must be respected, and the Georgians will have to apologize to Russia and Russian citizens."

That is the angry response from Moscow's Ambassador to Tbilisi Vyacheslav Kovalenko after he arrived on one of the two Ilyushin cargo planes that carried several hundred non-essential embassy staff and their families out of Tbilisi. I suspect His Excellency was speaking for the Kremlin. Kovalenko added that he will not return to the Caucasus until the four officers are released. And he demanded their immediate release.

There is no word yet on how many other evacuation flights will be needed. An unnamed diplomatic source said Moscow is planning evacuation of non-essential staff and families from its two bases in Gerogia, Batumi on the Black Sea and Akhalkalaki in the south near the Turkish-Armenian border. They are due to be closed in 2008 but with another war about to break out Moscow will rescind that decision. [RIA]

Positions between the two governments continue to harden as Reuters reports Georgian police continue to surround Russian Military Headquarters in Tbilisi. In the headquarters is a fifth Russian officer Georgia wants to arrest for espionage. Moscow refuses to release him. There is no word yet on the result of the meeting today between the Deputy Foreign Ministers from Georgia and Russia in Moscow. [SWISSINFO]

This worsening crisis has eclisped the NATO - Moscow Summit meeting in the Slovenian resort of Portoroz. Russia Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has used the forum to accuse newer NATO members of piracy by supplying weapons to Georgia, weapons the countries had originally received from Russia. In 2004 the Baltic States along with Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the Brussels led alliance whose expansion was never really supported by Moscow since it still regards the Baltic and Black Sea, plus Eastern and Central Europe as still in its sphere of influence, which is why I suspect Ivanov and the Kremlin are relishing this new crisis with Georgia. [RIA]

Interestingly enough, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has declared Brussels to be not involved in what he says is a dispute that is just between Russia/Georgia. "This is of course a bilateral issue between Georgia and Russia and NATO does not have a direct role. There was a call by me for moderation and de-escalation." This gives tacit approval of whatever response, military, economic or both that Moscow decides on. Brussels may have decided that reportedly unblalanced Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili is a destablilizing influence and an embarrassment. Calls are still being made in Russia's Parliament, the Duma for economic sanctions against Georgia, which is heavily dependent on Russia for energy and economically.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is still in Russia's Black Sea resort of Soichi monitoring the situation. Soichi is at the foothills of the Caucasus. Putin has made no statement publicly. He may have known in advance this crisis was coming and that Moscow will use it to have Saakashvili and his administration removed, as Moscow re-establishes its position-rule in the South Caucasus.

Night Watch Information Service
http://www.crossfirewar.com


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1 posted on 09/29/2006 3:40:38 PM PDT by joan
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To: joan; lizol

Interesting developments...


2 posted on 09/29/2006 3:45:03 PM PDT by Angelas
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To: Angelas
And what is a russian military headquarters doing in Tbilisi? Seems like they grossly overstayed whatever welcome they might have once had.
3 posted on 09/29/2006 3:48:52 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: joan
I doubt that we know the whole story.
Espionage, Russian military headquarters, ambassadors, unnamed diplomatic source...apologies.
Sounds like a plot for a book or movie.

All we'll get HERE in anti-Russian propaganda. But, then, that's not new.
Somehow I also doubt if we will ever know the whole story.

But, then, who cares. We have plenty to deal with on THIS side of the world. That is, the November elections and the balance of power in Congress.

4 posted on 09/29/2006 3:56:56 PM PDT by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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To: GSlob
I bet they are as welcome as they were in the Baltic States
(sarc)
5 posted on 09/29/2006 4:07:50 PM PDT by Angelas
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To: joan
"The actions of the Georgian authorities are an insult to Russia. We will not tolerate such treatment. Russia must be respected, and the Georgians will have to apologize to Russia and Russian citizens."

And yet the Russians don't have to apologize to Georgia for forcing them into the Soviet Union? I see double standard there. The actions of Russia were an insult to Georgia, and forcing the Georgians into the CCCP is a lot worse than having some military base surrounded.
6 posted on 09/29/2006 4:10:49 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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To: G8 Diplomat
Wasn't Stalin an ethnic Georgian, and Nikita Khrushchev was Ukrainian?

The Soviets gave away Russian land, from what I learned from other Russian Freepers, who've since been banned.

For instance, Chechnya was originally 1/3 of what it is today - it was just the mountainous part in the south - they were a mountain people. But the Soviets, led by non-Russians, gave it extra land which had been developed and settled by Russians and Georgians.

7 posted on 09/29/2006 4:18:38 PM PDT by joan
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To: joan

Give Georgia a few ICBM's so Russia knows an attack on Georgia means the end of Moscow and a few other major cities. Russia wants to screw us with Iran and Hugo Chavez. We can play that game as well.


8 posted on 09/29/2006 4:22:36 PM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: joan
Russia-Georgia Tensions Concern Rumsfeld - September 29, 2006 - "NATO membership really is a decision for individual countries, not for countries other than the individual country."
9 posted on 09/29/2006 4:42:23 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: joan

When the Bolsheviks invaded Georgia in 1921, Stalin was on the side of Soviet Russia against the Georgians.


10 posted on 09/29/2006 4:53:41 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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