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  • Russia: Cold War tension rises as Putin talks of Black Sea confrontation (USN ships upsets Putin)

    08/27/2008 6:42:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 313+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/28/08 | Michael Evans
    Cold War tension rises as Putin talks of Black Sea confrontation Russia has criticised the US for using naval ships to deliver aid to Georgia Michael Evans, Defence Editor A new Cold War between Russia and the West grew steadily closer yesterday after the Kremlin gave a warning about “direct confrontation” between American and Russian warships in the Black Sea. Dmitri Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister, declared that Russia was taking “measures of precaution” against American and Nato naval ships. “Let’s hope we do not see any direct confrontation in that,” he said. Any attempt by...
  • U.S. aid ship avoids Russian-held Georgia port

    08/27/2008 11:14:26 AM PDT · by GauchoUSA · 5 replies · 299+ views
    MSNBC News Services ^ | Aug. 27, 2008
    BATUMI, Georgia - 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 move came amid escalating tensions between Russia and Georgia's Western allies. Batumi, where the Coast Guard cutter Dallas docked, is well south of the zone of fighting in this month's war between Russia and Georgia. The United States and European nations have assailed Russia's recognition of two Georgian territories as separate nations Tuesday, and Moscow has also criticized the United States for bringing humanitarian aid into...
  • US warships scrap visit to Georgian port-source

    08/26/2008 1:54:10 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 26 replies · 347+ views
    TBILISI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - U.S. warships have scrapped a plan to deliver relief supplies to Georgia's flashpoint port of Poti on Wednesday, a source close to the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said. "The ships will not dock in Poti tomorrow," the source told Reuters, referring to a planned mission by the USS McFaul and another vessel. Their presence would have been sure to enrage Russia, which has troops patrolling the port following a brief war with Georgia. "There was a possibility that the McFaul might go to Poti but no-one has given us a final decision. We're not sure...
  • US warships to dock in Georgia's flashpoint port

    08/26/2008 2:16:55 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 49 replies · 420+ views
    Reuters ^ | 26 Aug 2008 08:59:09 GMT
    TBILISI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Two U.S. warships will deliver humanitarian supplies on Wednesday to the Georgian Black Sea port of Poti where Russian troops have been mounting patrols, the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said on Tuesday.
  • Cindy McCain Heading to Republic of Georgia

    08/25/2008 7:09:36 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 33 replies · 661+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 25 2008 | Michael Shear
    Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, is headed to the Republic of Georgia, where tensions between the government and Russia have sparked international concern and have become an issue on the presidential campaign trail. McCain announced to a group of fundraisers in Sacramento that his wife was headed to the country, but the campaign did not provide any details about the trip. McCain has been very aggressive in his condemnation of Russia's invasion of Georgia, and his campaign has been critical of Obama's more measured response when Russian tanks first pushed into the country. McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker confirmed...
  • Cindy McCain to visit distressed Georgia: Announcement comes as Michelle Obama addresses DNC

    08/25/2008 6:04:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 248+ views
    MSNBC/Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2008
    SACRAMENTO, California - John McCain told a crowd at a fundraiser that his wife is on her way to the embattled nation of Georgia, an announcement coming just hours before Barack Obama's wife makes a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention. McCain told a crowd that wife, Cindy, was to accompany him on his visit to California and he apologized for her absence. "Cindy is not here today and I'm sorry she's not," said McCain. "She's on her way to the little country of Georgia." McCain has been a staunch supporter of Georgia in that country's clash with Russia,...
  • USS McFaul Brings Aid to Batumi, Georgia

    08/25/2008 9:25:59 AM PDT · by topher · 42 replies · 416+ views
    US Navy web site ^ | 8-24-2008 | By Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F) Public Affairs
    USS McFaul Brings Aid to Batumi, Georgia Story Number: NNS080824-07 Release Date: 8/24/2008 1:00:00 PM By Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F) Public Affairs BATUMI, Republic of Georgia (NNS) -- USS McFaul (DDG 74) pulled into the port of Batumi, Georgia, Aug. 24 to deliver humanitarian relief supplies to the country as part of the larger United States response to the government of Georgia request for humanitarian assistance. This represents the first U.S. Navy ship to arrive and deliver humanitarian assistance to Georgia. "Our job was to get the supplies to Georgia as quickly as possible," said...
  • Aid to Georgia Surpasses Million-Pound Mark

    08/24/2008 1:30:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 304+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2008 – The U.S. military has delivered more than 1 million pounds of humanitarian relief supplies to Georgia. Georgian soldiers, working with U.S. soldiers, assist in delivery of humanitarian assistance supplies to the people of Georgia Aug. 21, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Marine Maj. Rob James  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. As of Aug.22, 36 missions had been flown by Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft as well as Navy C-9 Skytrain, C-130 Hercules and C-40 Clipper aircraft, U.S. European Command officials said. Two U.S. ships are on the way,...
  • U.S. Navy Arrives in Georgia, Russian Troops Stay

    08/24/2008 4:36:39 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 684+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:18am EDT | Niko Mchedlishvili
    BATUMI, Georgia (Reuters) - A U.S. navy warship arrived in Georgia's main Black Sea port of Batumi on Sunday with humanitarian aid as Russia ignored Western demands to remove its remaining troops from Georgia's heartland. Russia says the residual troops are peacekeepers needed to avert further bloodshed and to protect the people of Georgia's separatist, pro-Moscow provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia two days after Moscow said it had wrapped up its withdrawal. On Georgia's main east-west rail line, a fuel train exploded on Sunday after apparently hitting a landmine. The conflict erupted on August 7-8 when Georgia tried to...
  • Ships Deploy to Support Georgia Humanitarian Assistance Mission (TONK, there's a USCG Cutter too!)

    08/21/2008 4:40:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 788+ views
    NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 21, 2008 – Two Navy ships and a Coast Guard cutter are transporting humanitarian relief supplies to Georgia. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Weaver and Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Smith prepare humanitarian aid supplies for loading aboard USS McFaul at Souda Bay, Crete, Aug. 20, 2008. Nearly 55 tons of supplies were loaded as part of the humanitarian assistance for the Georgia following the conflict between Russian and Georgian forces in the former Soviet republic. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eddie Harrison   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. These deployments...
  • Sen Biden: US To Consider $1 Billion Emergency Aid For Georgia

    08/19/2008 8:33:28 AM PDT · by Globalist Goon · 17 replies · 152+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP)--The United States will consider providing $1 billion in emergency aid to Georgia, a top U.S. lawmaker said Monday on his return from a visit to the conflict-torn nation.
  • $2 Million Humanitarian Mission in Georgia to Continue

    08/18/2008 4:50:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 125+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2008 – The U.S. military has delivered $2 million worth of humanitarian aid to Georgia in an ongoing effort to relieve the war-torn former Soviet republic that came under Russian attack 10 days ago. In addition to 130 tons of airlifted cargo, U.S. European Command has granted the Georgian government in Tblisi access to a $1.2 million stockpile of disaster relief and medical supplies stored in Georgia. “We are going to continue to flow in assistance,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. “We have been over the weekend, and we will continue this week.” More than...
  • On the edge of common sense: Beliefs encourage US to aid ungrateful world

    08/17/2008 4:50:53 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 5 replies · 208+ views ^ | August 16, 2008 | Baxter Black
    Juxtaposed on opposite pages of the BBC International newspaper were two stories: "..thousands of people (in Seoul, South Korea) protesting against resumption of U.S. Beef imports..." and "The U.S. announced that it will send half a million tons of food aid to North Korea." How can two so closely connected groups of people hold such strong opposite opinions about the safety of U.S. food exports? Easy. It's the haves vs. the have-nots. South Korea is a strong democratic nation, our ally, who owes its existence to the U.S. and the United Nations. It has the luxury to be choosey. Its...
  • Military Humanitarian Mission in Georgia to Continue, Bush Says

    08/16/2008 3:52:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 228+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2008 – The U.S. military flights that have delivered humanitarian assistance to Georgia this week will continue in the days ahead, President Bush said today. American C-17 aircraft began delivering aid to Georgia Aug. 14 in the wake of attacks by Russian forces in two breakaway Georgian regions and other parts of the former Soviet republic. “In recent days, U.S. cargo planes carrying humanitarian supplies have arrived in Georgia. In the days ahead, we will continue using U.S. aircraft and other assets as needed to deliver more humanitarian and medical supplies,” Bush said today in his...
  • US yet to ask Turkey to let hospital ships through: embassy

    08/16/2008 8:40:51 AM PDT · by Arkinsaw · 6 replies · 178+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/16/2008 | AFP
    ANKARA (AFP) — Washington has made no formal request from Ankara to allow two US hospital ships to sail through the Turkish Straits to Georgia, a US diplomat said Saturday, following reports that Turkey was dragging its feet on making a decision.
  • Georgian refugees' plight is grim

    08/15/2008 9:13:17 PM PDT · by MarMema · 45 replies · 274+ views
    latimes ^ | 8-15-08 | megan stack
    The crush of displaced people has proved more than the government or aid organizations can handle. Many who have taken shelter in the Georgian capital say they could not have survived if not for an impromptu outpouring of charity from fellow Georgians, who have opened their doors to strangers and shown up at shelters bearing food, bedding, soap and medicine.
  • Air Force Completes First Georgia Humanitarian Aid Mission

    08/14/2008 4:26:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 229+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Erin Dorrance, USAF
    TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 14, 2008 – A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet departed Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and landed at Tbilisi International Airport here yesterday, delivering $1 million in humanitarian aid to reduce the suffering of the people of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Broegemueller, assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing's Contingency Response Group at Sembach Air Base, Germany, helps to push out the first of 16 pallets aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 13, 2008. The humanitarian assistance delivery consisted of $1 million...
  • Georgian Humanitarian Mission Continues

    08/14/2008 4:48:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2008 – The humanitarian mission under way in Georgia is intended to alleviate suffering for now and will move into longer-range help in the future, officials said at a Pentagon news conference today. The Air Force has sent two supply-filled C-17 Globemaster III transports into Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi. More flights will follow, officials said, but none are scheduled just yet. Russian troops who invaded Georgia last week are beginning to pull back, Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates also spoke at...
  • 'No US forces needed in Georgia'

    08/14/2008 8:51:50 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 65 replies · 308+ views
    US defence chief Robert Gates has said he sees no prospect of using US military force in Georgia, following its week-long conflict with Russia. But he warned that US-Russia relations could be adversely affected for years as a result of Moscow's actions. (snip) Despite concerns that Moscow may not be keen quickly to leave Georgian territory, Mr Gates said the Russians did seem to be pulling back. "They appear to be withdrawing their forces back towards Abkhazia and to the zone of conflict... towards South Ossetia," he said.
  • The Americans arrive

    08/14/2008 6:09:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 21 replies · 223+ views
    The Economist ^ | August 14, 2008
    AMERICA'S George Bush delivered a stark warning to Russia this week that led Russia to begin to pull back its forces in Georgia. Mr Bush sent his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, to Georgia and told his defence secretary, Robert Gates, to organise a humanitarian-aid operation. The first American military aircraft landed at Tbilisi airport on Thursday August 14th. This conflict is about more than the two separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or displacing Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s hot-headed president. It is about Russia, resurgent and nationalistic, pushing its way back into the Caucasus and chasing others out, and...