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  • South Ossetian Leader Proposes Referendum On Joining Russia

    10/21/2015 1:01:40 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    T he separatist leader of South Ossetia has proposed holding a referendum on whether the Georgian breakaway region should join Russia. Leonid Tibilov said reuniting with Russia "is a century-long dream of the South Ossetian people," in comments quoted by the Interfax news agency on October 19 after talks with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov. Tibilov said he was sure the public and political leaders would support the idea. Tibilov and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an "alliance and integration treaty" in Moscow on March 18. That pact was denounced by both the European Union and the United States. Moscow...
  • Russian S-300's in Abkhazia Block Possible Israeli Air Route to Iran

    08/13/2010 2:48:54 PM PDT · by dselig · 15 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | August 13, 2010 AEST
    Military sources told debkafile Thursday, Aug. 12, that a threat from Georgia was not the reason why Russian posted advanced S-300 interceptor batteries Russia in Abkhazia and air defense weapons in South Ossetia on the northern shore of the Black Sea -as Moscow officially maintained, but rather possible moves by the US and/or Israel against Iran and its nuclear facilities. Georgia's armed forces do not run to the sophisticated warplanes, missiles or drones that would warrant establishing the high-powered S-300 interceptors for defending the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Ordinary air defense batteries would do for deterrence. Therefore, US military...
  • A Russophobic Rant From Congress

    12/09/2014 8:25:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government. Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10. As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War." H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy. Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem: "The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia...
  • Transnational Transgressions: In Kosovo and Honduras, Obama-ite foreign policy gave Putin...

    03/22/2014 1:45:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | MARCH 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In Kosovo and Honduras, Obama-ite foreign policy gave Putin effective precedent.‘Your independence is irreversible, absolutely irreversible.” So declared Vice President Joe Biden, thrilling a parliamentary assembly in Pristina, Kosovo. These were still the early months of the Obama administration, and the vice president was touring the Balkans to take a victory lap in the breakaway Serbian territory whose independence he’d done so much to champion as an influential senator. As Vladimir Putin tucks away Crimea, just as he clawed South Ossetia and Abkhazia back from Georgia five years ago, Kosovo is worth remembering. So is President Obama’s staunch support of...
  • Occupied Cyprus votes against Georgia refugees right of return

    09/14/2009 5:27:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 523+ views ^ | ‎September 13, 2009‎
    CYPRUS is the only European Union member-state which did not vote in favour of a UN resolution that recognised the right of return of all internally displaced persons and refugees and their descendants to their homes throughout Georgia, it emerged yesterday. Cyprus was among 78 countries which abstained from voting – 48, including all EU countries voted in favour, 19 voted against. The resolution was passed on Wednesday. “Following extensive debate … the General Assembly today adopted a resolution that recognised the right of return of all internally displaced persons and refugees and their descendants to their homes throughout Georgia...
  • Abkhazia President Sergei Bagapsh dies at 62 [ May 29, 2011 ]

    08/28/2011 6:28:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 29, 2011 | unattributed
    Sergei Bagapsh, president of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, has died aged 62, Abkhaz officials say. They say he passed away in a Moscow hospital from complications following recent lung surgery. Mr Bagapsh won his second five-year term in 2009. Georgia denounced the elections as "illegitimate". Since its brief war with Georgia in 2008 over another disputed territory, South Ossetia, Russia has provided security for Abkhazia. Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia in 1992, but is only recognised by Moscow and a handful of other countries. Abkhaz officials say Vice-President Alexander Ankvab will be acting leader. Russia sent forces into...
  • Russia starts large-scale war games, Georgia fumes

    06/29/2010 10:53:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/29/2010 | By Dmitry Solovyov
    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...
  • Russia to build military base in occupied Georgia

    02/18/2010 10:48:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 392+ views
    Euractiv ^ | 1/18/2010 | Euractiv
    Russia secured on 17 February the right to maintain a large, long-term military presence in the Georgian rebel region of Abkhazia, signing a deal for a military base that was condemned by Tbilisi and the West. The base will accommodate at least 3,000 Russian land troops, already stationed in Abkhazia, for at least 49 years, Abkhaz officials said. "This agreement creates a foundation for the development of Abkhazia as an independent state," Medvedev said at a signing ceremony in the Great Kremlin Palace. Moscow recognised Abkhazia in August 2008 after crushing an assault by US ally Georgia on another pro-Russian...
  • NATO slams Russian military base pact with Georgian rebels

    02/17/2010 6:47:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 326+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 1/17/2010 | Space Daily
    NATO on Wednesday denounced as "invalid" a Russian pact establishing a military base in the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia, urging Moscow to revoke it. "NATO considers invalid agreements between Russia and the (Georgian) territories," which its 28 member nations do not recognise, alliance spokeswoman Carmen Romero said. The Russian-Abkhaz deal, signed in Moscow Wednesday during an elaborate "state visit" by rebel leader Sergei Bagapsh, builds on previous agreements allowing Russia to maintain thousands of troops and border guards in Abkhazia. The base pact allows Russian forces "to defend the sovereignty and safety of the republic jointly with the armed...
  • President of Abkhazia Re-elected by Wide Margin

    12/13/2009 11:55:13 PM PST · by annalex · 2 replies · 361+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 13, 2009 | ELLEN BARRY
    By ELLEN BARRY Published: December 13, 2009 MOSCOW Ā— Voters in Abkhazia, the separatist enclave in Georgia, have re-elected President Sergei V. Bagapsh by a decisive margin, amid protests from the Georgian government that the vote was invalid. In final results of the Saturday vote announced on Sunday, Mr. Bagapsh won 59.4 percent of the vote, more than he needed to avoid a second round of voting. His closest rival among four other candidates, Raul Khajimba, a former agent in the Russian F.S.B. security service, trailed with 15.4 percent. Turnout was 73 percent, election officials said. Mr. Khajimba alleged widespread...
  • Georgian Opposition Wants U.S. To Renounce Recognition Of Kosovo

    TBILISI -- The chairman of Georgia's opposition Labor Party is in Washington to discuss Georgian-U.S.-Russian relations and the recognition of Kosovo and Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, RFE/RL's Georgian and Russian services report. Labor Party Secretary-General Joseph Shatberashvili told RFE/RL that the main goal of Shalva Natelashvili's visit to Washington is "to start a dialogue with Moscow and Washingtonā€¯ on Moscowā€™s recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Washingtonā€™s recognition of Kosovo. Shatberashvili says that Labor Party leaders believe that if Washington would revoke its recognition of Kosovo's independence it would cause Russia to reconsider its decision...
  • Tensions Rise Over Georgia's Sea Blockade Of Abkhazia

    09/02/2009 2:45:31 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 519+ views
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | Wednesday, September 02, 2009
    Tensions Rise Over Georgia's Sea Blockade Of Abkhazia September 02, 2009 (RFE/RL) -- The leader of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia has threatened to destroy any Georgian ship entering Abkhazia's "territorial waters." "I issued an order to our navy to destroy Georgian ships violating Abkhazia's sea border," Sergei Bagapsh told Interfax. "This step has been motivated by unending acts of piracy by Georgia." It is the strongest threat to date from Bagapsh in an escalating war of words over Tbilisi's efforts to impose a sea blockade on the territory. The blockade was imposed after the Russia-Georgia war one year ago....
  • South Ossetia one year on: Georgians wait in fear for Russians to return

    08/01/2009 5:04:05 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 4 replies · 1,023+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08/01/09 | Adrian Blomfield
    ""If war resumes, every citizen of Gori will fight," he said. "Even the women will fight, even my new wife. We have nothing to lose."In the 12 months since a war that stunned the world, Georgia has slipped from its consciousness. Yet tensions remain high. At least 28 Georgian policemen patrolling the administrative boundary have been killed by sniper fire or remotely detonated mines since the end of the war. At border crossings, now sealed, Georgian and Russian guns remain trained on each other." "Capt Zura, the officer commanding the Georgian side of the line, pointed out Russian sniper positions...
  • Russia deploys troops along Georgia's internal border

    05/03/2009 10:31:10 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 674+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 3, 2009 | Adrian Blomfield
    Russia defied international criticism on Sunday by deploying troops along Georgia's internal border with the two breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Hundreds of troops mounted their first patrols along the contested frontier three days after Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian President, announced that Moscow was assuming formal control over the boundaries of the two rebel provinces. The President's declaration prompted accusations from Georgia that Russia was attempting the stealth annexation of the two regions, which were at the heart of last year's war in the Caucasus. Both the European Union and the United States strongly condemned Russia's actions, saying...
  • Nato and Moscow in war of words after Russian envoys expelled

    05/01/2009 10:01:19 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 4 replies · 383+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | May 1, 2009 | Tony Halpin
    Nato and Russia traded accusations yesterday after the alliance accused Moscow of breaking the peace agreement that ended the war with Georgia, a day after it expelled two Russian diplomats in a spying row. At a ceremony in the Kremlin yesterday Russia assumed formal control of the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in agreements signed by President Medvedev with the leaders of Georgia’s two breakaway regions. The signing elicited a sharp response from Nato, which said that the treaties were in “clear contravention” of the ceasefire brokered by President Sarkozy of France to end the war between Russia and...
  • Russia signs deals with Abkhazia, S.Ossetia on border protection

    04/30/2009 9:04:53 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 4 replies · 390+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 30/ 04/ 2009
    MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) - Russia signed on Thursday joint border protection agreements with the former Georgian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The agreements were signed in the Kremlin by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh, and South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity. Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states after the five-day war with Georgia, which attacked South Ossetia in an attempt to bring it back under central control. Most residents of both Abkhazia and South Ossetia had held Russian citizenship for several years. Under the agreements, Russia will guard the Abkhaz and South...
  • Signs Could Point To New War Despite Russian, Georgian Step Toward Stability

    02/23/2009 10:20:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 510+ views
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | February 20, 2009 | Ahto Lobjakas
    Talks this week in Geneva between Russia, Georgia, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia reached a minor milestone with an agreement on "incident prevention" mechanisms intended to give international monitors access to the entire zone of conflict following last year's Russia-Georgia war. But EU sources say it remains unclear whether Moscow and the Russian-backed authorities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have a genuine desire to see the deal work. The scheme commits both sides to cooperate on preventing security incidents in and around the breakaway regions of South Ossetia -- where Moscow and Tbilisi fought a war in August -- and Abkhazia....
  • Recognition a Lonely Exercise for Moscow

    09/05/2008 3:47:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 189+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | 09/05/08 | Nabi Abdullaev
    Recognition a Lonely Exercise for Moscow 05 September 2008 By Nabi Abdullaev / Staff Writer Ten days after Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states, the only other country to have followed suit as of Thursday was that Cold War battlefield of the 1980s: Nicaragua. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's announcement this week of his Central American nation's recognition of the breakaway Georgian regions was a "pleasant surprise," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. Closer to home, however, Russia's allies among former Soviet republics have remained reticent on the issue. The Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Russia-led alliance of...
  • Venezuela Recognizes South Ossetia and Abkhazia Independence

    08/31/2008 8:16:17 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 306+ views ^ | 31 August 2008
    The President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, officially declared Saturday his country's support of Russia and of their decision to recognize South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's independence. With their President's declaration Venezuela became the second country to officially recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Belarus is the other one - they declared earlier their support of the decision of the Russian government. "We support Russia. Russia has all the right to defend their own interest," Chavez said in a televised statement.
  • Supreme Mufti of Russia calls on Muslim world to recognize sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

    08/30/2008 7:54:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 193+ views ^ | August 31, 2008
    Chairman of the Central Muslim Board of Russia, Supreme Mufti, Sheikh ul-Islam Talgat Tajuddin addressed regional Muslim boards and believers appealing for them to render necessary help and support to the people of South Ossetia and all those who suffered from the humanitarian catastrophe in the territory of this republic. REGNUM correspondent reports referring to the Central Muslim Board's press office. The Supreme Mufti of Russia has also called on the whole Muslim world to recognize independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. ''Russian Muslims, like all our compatriots, support decision of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on recognition of independence...
  • Russia to absorb South Ossetia

    08/30/2008 8:24:38 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 21 replies · 246+ views
    GEORGIA CONFLICT 2008 SITE ^ | 30 August 2008 | Jeff Head
    AUGUST 29, 2008 Ethnic cleansing of Georgians in the now seperated Provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Russia has officially recognized as indepenednet, is now proceedingat a rapid pace. Georgian homes and villages are being burned and raised and Georgian civilians are being forced to leave...many with nothing but what they can wear and carry, if that. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced that Georgia was officially breaking diplomatic ties with Russia, ordering its diplomats and staff to leave Moscow and return to Georgia. The action comes as a direct Georgian response to Moscows recognition of its two Provinces...
  • Russia and Georgia: The cost for Russia

    08/28/2008 9:17:42 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 128+ views
    The Economist ^ | August 28, 2008
    AFTER barely 100 days in office, the soft-spoken Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, has been cast in the unlikely role of war leader. His initial job appeared to be as Vladimir Putin’s spokesman. But he quickly got a taste for war. On Tuesday August 26th he stood beneath the two-headed Russian eagle and solemnly announced the Kremlin’s decision to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The decision, Mr Medvedev argued, was forced on him by Georgia’s “genocide” against South Ossetia. But the argument is spurious. It is true that, in the early 1990s, when Georgia was barely a state,...
  • Military help for Georgia is a 'declaration of war', says Moscow

    08/27/2008 12:53:44 PM PDT · by lizol · 68 replies · 330+ views ^ | Wednesday 27.08.08
    Military help for Georgia is a 'declaration of war', says Moscow in extraordinary warning to the West Last updated at 16:47pm on 27.08.08 Moscow has issued an extraordinary warning to the West that military assistance to Georgia for use against South Ossetia or Abkhazia would be viewed as a "declaration of war" by Russia. The extreme rhetoric from the Kremlin's envoy to NATO came as President Dmitry Medvedev stressed he will make a military response to US missile defence installations in eastern Europe, sending new shudders across countries whose people were once blighted by the Iron Curtain. And Moscow also...
  • Former Soviet states dismayed at Moscow's action

    08/27/2008 11:24:46 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 158+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | August 27, 2008 | Stefan Wagstyl
    PRESIDENT Dmitry Medvedev's surprise decision to recognise Abkhazia and South Ossetia was met with cries of joy in the breakaway territories, dismay in Tbilisi and deep unease among Russia's neighbours in eastern Europe. In Sukhumi, Abkhazia's seaside capital, Maxim Gunjia, the deputy foreign minister, said that the "people were celebrating in the streets". In Tskhinvali, South Ossetia's war-torn centre, reporters said the air was filled with the demonstrators marking independence by firing Kalashnikovs and hunting guns. However, in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, officials condemned the Russian decision as "unconcealed annexation". Their concern was shared by other former Soviet Union countries....
  • Russia: we are ready for a new cold war

    08/27/2008 2:22:22 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 28 replies · 302+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 27, 2008 | Ian Traynor
    Russia's relations with the west plunged to their most critical point in a generation yesterday when the Kremlin built on its military rout of Georgia by recognising the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states. Declaring that if his decision meant a new cold war, then so be it, President Dmitri Medvedev signed a decree conferring Russian recognition on Georgia's two secessionist regions. The move flouted UN security council resolutions and dismissed western insistence during the crisis of the past three weeks on respecting Georgia's territorial integrity and international borders. Last night, Medvedev accused Washington of shipping...
  • Russia recognises independence of Georgian enclaves South Ossetia and Abkhazia

    08/26/2008 5:36:06 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 122+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 26, 2008 | Damien McElroy
    Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has escalated tensions between his country and the West by formally recognising the independence of the Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Britain has said it "categorically rejects" the decision, which the French foreign ministry has denounced as "regrettable". Georgia's deputy foreign minister described the move as an "unconcealed annexation" of Georgian territory. "I have signed decrees on the recognition by the Russian Federation of the independence of South Ossetia and the independence of Abkhazia," Mr Medvedev said on state television this morning after a vote in the Russian parliament. Western countries have insisted that...
  • Russia: Rebel Georgian regions are independent

    08/26/2008 4:38:33 AM PDT · by lizol · 77 replies · 119+ views
    CNN ^ | August 26, 2008
    Russia: Rebel Georgian regions are independent MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday he has signed an order recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions in the Republic of Georgia. On Monday, both houses of Russian parliament voted unanimously for such recognition. The Federation Council, the upper chamber, voted 130-0 and the Duma, the lower chamber, voted was 447-0 with three lawmakers absent. That vote was rejected by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who called it an attempt by Russia to "justify the occupation" by its forces, which remain in parts of Georgia. U.S....
  • Medvedev backs independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    08/26/2008 4:03:52 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 27 replies · 125+ views
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has declared that Russia will recognise the independence of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He made the announcement in Sochi following a unanimous vote for the republics’ independence by both houses of the Russian Parliament in Moscow on Monday. The leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Sergey Bagapsh and Eduard Kokoity, have reiterated that “they will never agree to remain within Georgia” at an emergency session of the Federation Council. Meanwhile, Georgia has repeatedly said it will never surrender its territories.
  • Defiant Russia still entrenched in Georgia

    08/23/2008 1:28:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 209+ views
    Yahoo via AFP ^ | Sat Aug 23, 12:19 PM ET | by Stuart Williams
    TBILISI (AFP) - Russian forces were on Saturday still deployed deep inside Georgia, keeping their grip on a strategic port city, as Moscow brushed aside Western accusations it was failing to abide by a ceasefire deal. ADVERTISEMENT Russia withdrew tanks, artillery and hundreds of troops from the heart of Georgia on Friday, saying it had now fufilled all obligations under a French-brokered agreement aimed at ending the two-week-old conflict. But Russian troops were still controlling access to the western port of Poti and also established a checkpoint just 10 kilometres (seven miles) north of the key city of Gori, AFP...
  • U.S.: Russia would violate pact with Georgia patrols

    08/23/2008 1:24:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 124+ views
    Yahoo Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 23, 11:56 AM ET | Reuters
    CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Russia would violate the ceasefire agreement by setting up checkpoints or permanent facilities in Georgia, the White House said on Saturday as Russian soldiers were seen in the Georgian port city of Poti. ADVERTISEMENT Russia has said it has complied with the ceasefire pact by withdrawing most of its forces but continued to patrol the Georgian port city on the Black Sea and Russian soldiers were manning a checkpoint on the main road into the city but were not stopping traffic. "Putting up permanent facilities and checkpoints are inconsistent with the agreement," said White House spokesman...
  • The Triumph of Putinism - Understanding the Russian-Georgian conflict

    08/21/2008 12:13:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 119+ views
    Reason ^ | August 13, 2008 | Cathy Young
    The coverage of the Russian-Georgian conflict in the Russian and Western media has an odd "through the looking glass" quality. One side sees naked aggression by Russia toward small, defiant, democratic Georgia; the other sees naked aggression by Georgia toward the tiny separatist region of South Ossetia. Where Western observers tend to see a deplorable failure by the world's democracies to take decisive measures against Russia's bullying, Russian and pro-Russian commentators see blatant anti-Russian prejudice and a concerted effort to weaken Russia. But this is not a situation with two equally valid opposing views of reality, or with roughly balanced...
  • Mironov: The Russian Federation is ready to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    08/20/2008 12:46:26 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 134+ views
    Interfax via translation ^ | August 20, 2008
    via translation - Moscow. August 20. INTERFAX.RU - Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov said that Russia's upper house of parliament is ready to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, for that would be the will of the people of these republics. "The Federation Council is ready to recognize the independent status of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, if people so wish these republics, and if it so decides president of Russia," - told reporters the Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov, who arrived in North Ossetia and accompanies a shipment of humanitarian aid, prepared Members of the Federation Council. He...
  • Russia Military Withdrawal Denied

    08/17/2008 1:50:32 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 86+ views
    Sky News (excerpt) ^ | August 17, 2008
    Excerpt - Russia has denied claims its forces have begun withdrawing from Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia. A military commander - Major General Vyachislav Borisov - claimed troops had begun to leave. But a Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said: ""It has not started yet. The question of withdrawal is being considered now and the decision will be taken as the situation in the region is stabilised. "What is going on is probably just preparation, not actual withdrawal." ~ snip ~
  • Georgia: Russian-backed separatists seize villages, power plant

    08/16/2008 3:08:26 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies · 213+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 8/17/08 | News Agencies
    Georgia's Foreign Ministry said late Saturday that Russian-backed separatists from the province of Abkhazia have seized a power plant and 13 villages in Georgia. A ministry statement said Russian army units and separtist militants shifted the border of breakaway Abkhazia toward the Inguri River. It says they set up temporary administration in 13 villages and put the Inguri hydropower plant under control. The reports could ot immediately be indepdendently confirmed...........
  • Abkhazia separatists seize 13 Georgian villages

    08/16/2008 2:19:15 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 96+ views ^ | August 16, 2008 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
    Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia On 16 August 2008 at approximately 4 p.m. local time, armed gangs of the Abkhazian separatist regime together with units of the Russian regular army shifted the administrative border of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia towards the Enguri River. This caused the villages of the Zugdidi region Ganmukhuri and Khurcha, villages of the Tsalenjikha region Fakhulani, Tchale, Mujava and Fotskho-Etseri, as well as territory of the Enguri Hydro Power Plant and adjacent villages of Phichori, Otobaia, Nabakevi, Tagiloni, Chuburkhinji, Dikhazurga and Saberio to fall under the occupation of the Russian...
  • Russia Signs Georgia Truce That Sets Stage for Troop Withdrawal

    08/16/2008 9:48:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 136+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, August 16, 2008; 12:22 PM | Fredrick Kunkle and Peter Finn
    MOSCOW, Aug. 16 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed the modified cease-fire agreement with Georgia that U.S. officials say will require Russian troops to immediately return to positions held before hostilities broke out last week. A pull-out, however, will not begin until "extra security measures" ordered by Medvedev are completed, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters, according to the Reuters news agency. "The president issued an order to the relevant authorities to start the adoption of extra security measures envisaged in the six-point plan," he said. "As these security measures are implemented, the withdrawal of forces sent to carry...
  • Georgia signs peace deal but Russia retains South Ossetia gains ["Russian Peacekeepers" Alert!]

    08/16/2008 7:11:49 AM PDT · by melt · 12 replies · 119+ views ^ | 8/16/08 |
    Russia cemented gains made in its war with Georgia today when a peace deal, signed by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, allowed Russian peacekeepers to remain in the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and temporarily patrol outside the area.
  • Russia's Big Lie

    08/16/2008 1:45:02 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies · 101+ views
    IBD ^ | 15 Aug 08 | Unknown
    Russia: After hearing the hard, cold facts of Russia's brutal occupation of Georgia, the West has no choice but to respond harshly to Vladimir Putin's regime. Failure to do so would only invite further attacks. Apologists for Russia say it really had no choice: Because of "genocide" in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russia had to intervene. It was an "emergency." It wasn't.
  • They are liars. All of them. (challenges MSM's version of events in Georgia)

    08/15/2008 2:27:26 PM PDT · by XR7 · 225 replies · 274+ views ^ | 8/15/08 | Daniel Usenko
    I hope everyone has heard about the war in South Ossetia and Georgia. You probably are convinced by what the media reports, in particular that “Russia is the aggressor against innocent Georgia”. Our government is backing Georgia and also telling us about Russia’s aggression. But that is a lie. I have always made fun of the conspiracy theory people, but I find myself in the same position–criticizing the government and sounding crazy. But I cannot keep quite when such an injustice is going on; so please do not take my words as that of a crazy man who hates America–on...
  • ‘Nothing can stop our independence now’ – breakaway republics

    08/14/2008 4:36:10 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 286+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 8-14-08
    The leaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia believe that Georgia’s botched military assault means they now have a better chance than ever of getting international recognition for their independence. Their respective leaders, Eduard Kokoity and Sergey Bagapsh, said they see no need to hold another referendum on their status, since their nations have already expressed their wills. After the meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the two leaders of the breakaway republics held a news conference in Moscow. (WATCH the media conference) Abkhazian leader Sergey Bagapsh said: “As for our independence and our movement to that goal, no one can...
  • 'Nazi' Atrocities Shock in Georgia - Civilians 'Slain & Sent to Camps'

    08/14/2008 10:01:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies · 2,184+ views ^ | August 14, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA in Gori, Georgia, and CHUCK BENNETT in NY
    Russian troops are indiscriminately murdering civilians and interning them in concentration camps, the embattled Georgian president charged yesterday, as he begged the West not to "appease" Moscow as it did with Nazi Germany. The startling accusations came as Russian troops blatantly violated a cease-fire by sending an armored convoy through the strategic city of Gori. The invaders first poured into Georgia five days ago - ostensibly in defense of a pro-Moscow breakaway region, South Ossetia. "What they are doing is exactly what Stalin did to Finland, what they've done to Afghanistan, what in the Second World War Germany was doing...
  • Tanks headed toward interior (vanity)

    08/14/2008 12:22:24 PM PDT · by eastforker · 111 replies · 514+ views
    fnc ^ | 8/14/08 | eastforker
    Reports of a hundred tanks or vehicles headed toward Georgia's interior, breaking per Shep Smith.
  • Russia defends control over Georgian enclaves (Russia lies and bullies way into Georgia Proper!)

    08/14/2008 7:16:47 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies · 184+ views
    IHT ^ | 8/14/2008 | Ellen Barry/ C.J. Chivers
    President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia said Thursday that Russia would act as an international guarantor of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two pro-Russian enclaves at the center of the crisis that have long desired separation from Georgia. As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed to the region for discussions on the crisis and to show support for President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, the Russian position seemed to be a direct challenge to President George W. Bush, who had said the day before that he "insists that the sovereign and territorial integrity of Georgia be respected." In Georgia, meanwhile, Russian forces...
  • Russia 'annexes' a fifth of Georgia

    08/12/2008 3:11:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 56 replies · 76+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/12/2008 | David Blair, Diplomatic Editor
    Russia altered the balance of power in Europe when the Kremlin halted its attack on Georgia after its forces had effectively annexed 18 per cent of the country. Russia closed its Five Day War in full control of Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which total more than 4,800 square miles of the neighbouring state. While Russian troops have been deployed in these enclaves since 1992, they have never previously controlled their entire territory. Having achieved this by force, Moscow's terms for a permanent truce would cement its gains. The Kremlin has also demonstrated its indifference to western...
  • The War in Abkhazia (1993 Russian Forces Ethnic Cleansing Campaign)

    08/12/2008 2:27:59 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 3 replies · 135+ views
    Autonomy and Conflict   Ethnoterritoriality and Separatism in the South Caucasus – Cases in Georgia Svante E. Cornell   Uppsala 2002   Excerpt, pp. 167-170 6.6.3. The War in Abkhazia As mentioned earlier, the Abkhaz and Georgian leadership had managed in late 1991 to agree, though with difficulty, on a consociational scheme for the Abkhaz parliament. And indeed, Abkhazia had been surprisingly calm during the rule of Gamsakhurdia; the fact that the latter, who by late 1991 had shed most the little will to compromise he possessed, agreed to a scheme that granted the Abkhaz heavy over-representation, adds to the...
  • Russia gives Georgia an ultimatum

    08/11/2008 2:56:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 144 replies · 276+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | August 11, 2008 | Michael Schwirtz, Anne Barnard and Andrew E. Kramer
    SENAKI, Georgia: Russia issued an ultimatum to Georgia on Monday to disarm its troops along the boundary with the pro-Russian separatist enclave of Abkhazia as Russian tanks rolled across the internal border and occupied a military base in western Georgia. The move was a sign that fighting could escalate on a second, western front after the conflict initially broke out last week around South Ossetia, the separatist enclave farther east. President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia said its forces had "completed a significant part of the operations to oblige Georgia, the Georgian authorities, to restore peace to South Ossetia," according to...
  • Russians Push Past Separatist Area to Assault Central Georgia-(regime change Russian turn)

    08/10/2008 7:43:34 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 135+ views
    ny times ^ | 8/10/08 | Andrew E. Kramer, Anne Barnard
    TBILISI, Georgia — Russia expanded its attacks on Georgia on Sunday, moving tanks and troops through the separatist enclave of South Ossetia and advancing toward the city of Gori in central Georgia, in its first direct assault on a Georgian city with ground forces after three days of heavy fighting, Georgian officials said. The maneuver — along with aerial bombing of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi — suggested that Russia’s aims in the conflict had gone beyond securing the pro-Russian enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia to weakening the armed forces of Georgia, a former Soviet republic and an ally of...
  • Russia asks UN to withdraw observers near Abkhazia:

    08/10/2008 6:16:57 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 17 replies · 95+ views
    FOCUS News Agency ^ | 10 August 2008
    Tbilisi. Georgia accused Russia on Sunday of making "dangerous moves" by asking the UN to withdraw its observers from territory near its breakaway region of Abkhazia. "The Russians have asked the United Nations observers to withdraw their posts from the territory between Abkhazia and Zugdidi district," interior ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili told AFP. "We observe very dangerous moves in the Abkhaz direction," he said. "The demand itself to withdraw these posts is dangerous."
  • Abkhazia: Moscow sends troops into second enclave

    08/10/2008 5:47:30 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 12 replies · 122+ views
    The Guardian, ^ | August 11 2008
    The conflict in the Caucasus yesterday spread to Georgia's second breakaway province of Abkhazia where separatist rebels and the Russian air force launched an all-out attack on Georgian forces. snip "The operation will enter the next phase as planned. And you will learn about that," he said, adding that he would create a "humanitarian corridor" allowing residents in the district to flee. The offensive appears to mark a dangerous new front in the conflict between Georgia and Russia. snip Georgian interior ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said: "They have started the operation to storm Kodori gorge." Asked who was behind the...
  • Georgian breakaway city in ruins (Russians kills Russian citizens)

    08/10/2008 9:16:06 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 67 replies · 215+ views
    cnn ^ | 8/10/2008 | cnn
    Tskhinvali, the capital of the separatist Georgian province South Ossetia, lay in smoldering ruins Sunday after three days of fighting between Georgian troops and Russian forces. Russia's deputy foreign minister said at least 2,000 people, mostly South Ossetians who claim Russian citizenship, have been killed in Tskhinvali. The fighting had spread well beyond South Ossetia, with Russian airstrikes on Georgian cities and with thousands of Russian troops in the breakaway province of Abkhazia. The United States warned Sunday that "disproportionate" actions against Georgia could have a "significant long term impact on U.S.-Russian relations."