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  • De Facto President Proposes Renaming Republic Of South Ossetia

    01/01/2016 4:54:13 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty REF/RL ^ | December 30, 2015 | Liz Fuller
    T wo months after announcing plans to hold a referendum on the incorporation of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia into the Russian Federation, the de facto president of the largely unrecognized Republic of South Ossetia, has set a tentative timeframe for doing so. He told journalists on December 28 that the referendum should take place "long before" the presidential ballot due in April 2017. Tibilov simultaneously proposed renaming the region the Republic of South Ossetia -- Alania, by analogy with the contiguous Republic of North Ossetia -- Alania, which is a Russian Federation subject. The Ossetians, an Indo-European people,...
  • Chechen Terrorists Probed (border problems from 2004)

    04/19/2013 7:32:57 AM PDT · by abishai · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 13 2004
    U.S. security officials are investigating a recent intelligence report that a group of 25 Chechen terrorists illegally entered the United States from Mexico in July. The Chechen group is suspected of having links to Islamist terrorists seeking to separate the southern enclave of Chechnya from Russia, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports. Members of the group, said to be wearing backpacks, secretly traveled to northern Mexico and crossed into a mountainous part of Arizona that is difficult for U.S. border security agents to monitor, said officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. The intelligence report was supplied to the...
  • Russians capture, kill 2 top Caucasus Emirate commanders

    06/13/2010 5:12:13 PM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies · 330+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | Jun 13, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    Russian security forces dealt a double blow to the al Qaeda-linked Caucasus Emirate during operations in the southern Russian republics late last week. Emir Magas, the military commander of the Caucasus Emirate, was captured and Yasir Amarat, a wanted terrorist commander from Jordan, was killed during raids by Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB. On June 9, the FSB captured Emir Magas, whose real name is Ali Taziyev, during a raid in the village of Malgobek in the Republic of Ingushetia. Kavkaz Center, a jihadist website that supports the Caucasus Emirate, confirmed Magas' capture and noted his importance. Magas has...
  • Expert: Saakashvilli started the war

    09/30/2009 10:56:59 PM PDT · by GWConservative · 36 replies · 1,643+ views
    Russia Today (on You Tube) ^ | Sept. 30, 2009 | Russia Today interview
    From RT on YouTube: A new EU report may finally answers the question as to which country started the Russo-Georgian war in August 2008. The European Union conducted a nine-month investigation into the issue and has concluded that it was Georgia, more specifically Saakashvili, who triggered the conflict. So why was the U.S. Government, along with the mainstream media, so intent on blaming Russia for the war? And what will these new revelations mean for Georgian relations with the United States and Europe? RT's Dina Gusovsky talks to Tsotne Bakuria, former member of the Georgian Parliament.
  • South Ossetians Puzzled by Leaders

    08/22/2009 6:24:22 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies · 423+ views
    Caucasus Reporting Service ^ | 8/21/2009 | Alan Tskhurbaev
    A year ago, Moscow recognised South Ossetia as an independent state, but the population of the tiny Caucasus country has still not figured out what that is supposed to mean. South Ossetians celebrated through the night on August 26 last year when they heard Russia had recognised their independence, which they proclaimed after winning a war against Georgian troops in 1991-2. A year later, they say they feel safer knowing Russia will protect them, but locals say the government was not ready for an independent status and may not even want it. “Perhaps it is about adapting to the new...
  • Kokoity denies attempting to move South Ossetia's border deeper intoGeorgia

    08/22/2009 6:17:05 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 199+ views
    Interfax ^ | 8/21/2009 | Staff
    MOSCOW. Aug 21 (Interfax) - South Ossetia is equipping its own borders strictly in accordance with international agreements, said its president Eduard Kokoity. "We are acting strictly in accordance with the regulations, and we are equipping our border in accordance with the arrangements and agreements signed between Russia and South Ossetia," Kokoity told journalists in Moscow on Friday. All possible measures are being taken "to protect our republic and people and to prevent a repeat of the August 2008 tragedy," he said. Kokoity has denied Georgia's accusations that South Ossetia is moving its borders deeper into Georgia. "I would not...
  • S.Ossetia wants to join Russia-Belarus union - leader

    08/22/2009 6:01:24 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies · 389+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 21/08/2009 | Staff
    MOSCOW, August 21 (RIA Novosti) - South Ossetia will seek to join the union being formed by Russia and Belarus, the former Georgian republic's leader said on Friday. "We will seek this with great pleasure," Eduard Kokoity told reporters, suggesting that Belarus would recognize South Ossetia as an independent state soon. The only country so far to have followed Russia's example in recognizing South Ossetia and the other self-proclaimed Georgian republic, Abkhazia, is Nicaragua. Belarus has sent mixed signals on whether it will recognize the two regions. Last month, Belarus's foreign ministry advised Belarusian nationals to abide by Georgian laws...
  • 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...
  • Georgia hopes to join NATO “almost dead - Russians fought for the right reasons”

    07/20/2009 9:48:36 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 3 replies · 350+ views
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 20.07.2009
    LONDON, July 20 (Itar-Tass) - Georgia’s hopes of joining NATO are “almost dead,” which is tragic, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said in an interview with the U.S. Wall Street Journal Europe printed in London. “It is tragic,” Saakashvili stressed. “It means the Russians fought for the right reasons,” he added. The newspaper noted that the Georgian leader referred to the situation around South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
  • US criticizes Medvedev visit to South Ossetia

    07/14/2009 7:31:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 375+ views
    SindhToday ^ | July 15th, 2009
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia has not contributed to promoting stability following last year’s brief war, the US State Department said Tuesday. Medvedev made the controversial trip to South Ossetia Monday and offered financial and military support in defiance of the West and the Georgian government. “Certainly I don’t think that it was any kind of step forward in terms of establishing stability in the region,” US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters. The situation in Georgia over the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia has been a source of...
  • 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...
  • The Loyalist

    03/15/2009 6:47:51 AM PDT · by Borges · 6 replies · 831+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/12/09 | ARTHUR LUBOW
    BEFORE A TEARY AUDIENCE of war-fatigued residents and young Russian soldiers standing on tanks, Valery Gergiev conducted a concert last August in Tskhinvali, the devastated capital of South Ossetia in Georgia. The burned-out hulks of bombarded buildings testified to the fury of the fighting that took place when Georgia unsuccessfully tried to seize control of its breakaway region. Russian troops had occupied the town barely a week earlier, in support of the secessionist Ossetians. Speaking in English as well as in Russian on a live television broadcast, Gergiev told the crowd, “I am Ossetian myself,” and explained that he had...
  • Russian military retakes border village: Georgia

    12/13/2008 6:07:22 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 48 replies · 3,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 13 | Reporting by Margarita Antidze and Matt Robinson; editing by Elizabeth Piper
    TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia said on Saturday hundreds of Russian soldiers had moved into a disputed Georgian village near breakaway South Ossetia and had pushed out Georgian police, fuelling fears of confrontation. A regional police official and an interior ministry spokesman said between 500 and 600 Russian soldiers were in the village of Perevi, close to the de facto border with the region.
  • 11 reported dead in North Ossetia blast (Roadside bomb attack in Russian Province)

    11/06/2008 9:19:05 AM PST · by mojito · 15 replies · 613+ views
    Jerusalem Post/AP ^ | 11/6/2008 | Unattributed
    An explosion hit a minibus unloading passengers in the capital of Russia's North Ossetia province on Thursday, killing 11 people, federal investigators said. A duty officer at the Emergency Situations Ministry in North Ossetia, who was not authorized to give his name, said the blast was caused by a roadside bomb. Passengers were getting off the bus near the entrance to the central market in Vladikavkaz when the blast went off, Russia's Investigative Committee said on its Web site. NTV television showed footage of the minibus with windows shattered and an axle destroyed, with shards of glass and what looked...
  • Russia Blames Georgia For S.Ossetia Blast

    10/04/2008 1:09:01 PM PDT · by edpc · 8 replies · 459+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 4 October 2008 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia blamed Georgia on Saturday for an explosion that killed Russian soldiers in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia. A senior Russian peacekeeping officer was among seven soldiers killed on Friday when a car blew up at the Russian peacekeepers' base in Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital, the Russian military said. Russia's Interfax news agency quoted South Ossetia's Interior Ministry as saying a total of 11 people had been killed, including civilians. The RIA agency quoted a military spokesman as saying Colonel Ivan Petrik, the Russian peacekeepers' chief of staff, had been killed in his office.
  • Russian commander killed in South Ossetia car-bomb blast

    10/04/2008 6:10:26 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 9 replies · 593+ views
    Moscow - A Russian military chief was one of those killed in Friday's car-bomb blast in the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia, Interfax news agency reported Saturday, citing a military spokesman in Moscow. Colonel Ivan Petrik, who was the commander of the Russian troops in South Ossetia, was fatally wounded in his office when the 20- kilogram bomb went off next to a Russian army base. The spokesman was confirming a report in Saturday's Kommersant newspaper. Seven Russian soldiers were killed in the attack and seven injured.
  • Explosion Kills 7 Russians in South Ossetia

    10/03/2008 9:41:33 PM PDT · by Gator_that_eats_Dems · 31 replies · 1,383+ views
    New York Times via Spartan Truth ^ | Gator_that_eats_dems
    MOSCOW — A car bomb in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali killed seven Russian peacekeepers and two others on Friday, raising tensions in the separatist enclave days before a scheduled pullback of Russian troops from Georgian territory. President Eduard Kokoity of South Ossetia said he had “no doubt” that Georgian special forces were behind the explosion. The acts, he said, “undermine international efforts to stabilize the situation and torpedo the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan.” The blast comes six days before a Russian deadline to pull back from the so-called buffer zone outside South Ossetia, returning a large swath of land to...
  • Blast at Russian HQ in S. Ossetia kills 6

    10/03/2008 8:14:05 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 29 replies · 850+ views
    A car bomb blast near Russia's peacekeeping headquarters in South Ossetia has left six military personnel killed and four others injured. The explosion took place on Friday near the command post of the Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinvali, the capital of the independence-leaning republic. The car, with some quantities of arms in it, was seized earlier in a nearby village, said South Ossetia's press department, AP reported.
  • Kremlin slaps down South Ossetia over claim it will join Russia

    09/11/2008 6:52:35 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 162+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 11, 2008 | Hannah Strange
    Russia today slapped down its would-be satellite state of South Ossetia after the leader of the breakaway Georgian province claimed it would become part of the Russian Federation. No sooner had Eduard Kokoity, president of the tiny enclave, alarmed Western powers by announcing it sought to join Russia, than the Kremlin issued a strenous denial and forced him to reverse his statement. South Ossetia was recognised only a few days ago as an independent state by the Kremlin following last month’s bitter war. But Mr Kokoity said this morning that independence was no longer his goal. Instead he told a...
  • South Ossetia seeks to become part of the Russian Federation

    09/11/2008 5:22:13 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 103+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 11, 2008 | Richard Beeston
    South Ossetia, the breakaway Georgian republic and scene of last month’s bitter war, announced today that it will seek to become part of the Russian Federation. Eduard Kokoity, the President of the tiny enclave which was recognised only a few days ago as an independent state by the Kremlin, said that independence was no longer his goal. Instead he told a group of western journalists and academics that his aim was reuniting Ossetia with its countrymen across the border in North Ossetia, becoming part of Russia. ”We will be part of the Russian Federation,” he said. “It [South Ossetia] is...
  • Muslims Seen Moving into Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Changing Religious Balance in Both

    09/04/2008 5:13:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 800+ views
    WINDOW ON EURASIA ^ | September 3, 2008 | Paul Goble
    Russia's military and political actions in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are likely to have another unintended consequence: they are likely to make it easier and more attractive for Muslim émigrés from the North Caucasus to return there and change the ethno-religious balance not only in these two republics but in the region more generally. At present, Muslims constitute approximately 35 percent of the populations of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but both Muslim leaders there and analysts in Moscow say that the new situation which has arisen in the wake of Russia's moves in Georgia is certain to increase that figure,...
  • Caucasus crisis (Serbia and Georgia victimes of Oil pipelines)

    08/31/2008 2:55:39 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 15 replies · 352+ views
    To be sure, the killing of tens of hundreds of people in the Caucasian region of South Ossetia in a sudden military onslaught by Georgia will turn out to be a landmark event in post-Soviet Russia’s relations with the West. Conceivably, a chapter in the post-Cold War era is ending. Blood has been drawn in the Caucasus, which history shows, is never easy to wipe away. Feuds are known to run for decades even if they bear verisimilitude to family squabbles. The crisis in southern Caucasus was slowly building up ever since Kosovo, the breakaway province of Serbia, declared independence...
  • Why Kosovo Wasn’t Worth It

    08/31/2008 8:11:36 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 7 replies · 278+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Ruth Wedgwood
    Russia warned that Kosovo's independence would create a dangerous precedent. Georgia shows how it did. In February, with U.S. backing, Kosovo declared its independence—nine years after NATO went to war to end Serbia's thuggish behavior in the province. Shortly after Kosovo hoisted its new national flag, Russia, Serbia's patron, warned (in the words of its foreign minister) that the theory of secession used to strip away Kosovo had "created a precedent" applicable elsewhere. Now, in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Georgia—supposedly for the protection of separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia—it's a good time to pause and ask, was...
  • 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...
  • Georgia's wounded troops tell of their surprise when Russia attacked

    08/30/2008 5:24:23 AM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 173+ views
    times ^ | 9/1/08 | james hider
    Major Malkhaz Dumbatze was in a celebratory mood. His 14 Georgian tanks had just taken control of the rebel South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, and he was already looking forward to a trip to Israel to study new battle command systems. The jets flying over the city, where his men were mopping up Ossetian snipers, he took to be Georgian fighters. Major Dumbatze is still going to Israel, but now it is to have reconstruction surgery on his legs. The aircraft he had spotted were in fact Russian, and one of them dropped two bombs on his armoured unit. Speaking with...
  • Russia may cut off oil flow to the West (so much for freedom of Ossetia)

    08/28/2008 4:33:08 PM PDT · by Fred · 59 replies · 1,316+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | 9:26pm BST 28/08/2008 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Fears are mounting that Russia may restrict oil deliveries to Western Europe over coming days, in response to the threat of EU sanctions and Nato naval actions in the Black Sea. Any such move would be a dramatic escalation of the Georgia crisis and play havoc with the oil markets. Reports have begun to circulate in Moscow that Russian oil companies are under orders from the Kremlin to prepare for a supply cut to Germany and Poland through the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline. It is believed that executives from lead-producer LUKoil have been put on weekend alert. "They have been told...
  • Serbia concerned over Georgian crisis (Everyone have Russians of his own)

    BELGRADE, Serbia: Serbia said Wednesday that a precedent set by the Western recognition of Kosovo's independence led to Russia's recognition of Georgia's two separatist regions. Russia supported Serbia's objections in February when Kosovo declared its independence, but the U.S. and most European Union members recognized the breakaway province as a nation. Serbia refrained from openly criticizing Russia for its armed intervention in the Georgian separatist region of South Ossetia earlier this month, and the Serbian Foreign Ministry statement Wednesday does not explicitly criticize Moscow's recognition of South Ossetia and the other Georgian region, Abkhazia. "Serbian officials have repeatedly warned that...
  • 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,...
  • Countdown in the Caucasus: Seven days that brought Russia and Georgia to war

    08/28/2008 7:29:03 AM PDT · by F-117A · 6 replies · 145+ views ^ | August 26 200 | FT Reporters
    Both sides had an interest in escalating the conflict, say political analysts. Russia wanted to show that Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s president, was an irresponsible firebrand who could not be trusted with the responsibilities of Nato membership. Georgia, meanwhile, wanted to paint Russia as the imperial aggressor it has traditionally been in the Caucasus, which would have strengthened Tbilisi’s case for Nato membership. Each can be seen to have acted swiftly, with a great deal of preparation, later trying to make their behaviour appear spontaneous. Mr Saakashvili, despite repeated denials, clearly drew first. But Russia was not far behind, indicating that...
  • 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....
  • Russian-backed paramilitaries 'ethnically cleansing villages'

    08/27/2008 11:14:53 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 295+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 27, 2008 | James Hider
    Russian-backed paramilitaries are ethnically cleansing villages inside a buffer zone within Georgia, refugees from the area and officials in the nearby town of Gori told The Times today. The South Ossetian militiamen have torched houses, beaten elderly people and even murdered civilians in the lawless zone just north of Gori, set up by the Russian army, close to the border with the breakaway republic whose independence Russia recognised this week, locals said. The violence has triggered a new wave of refugees into Gori, 40 miles north of Tblisi. People who had started to return to their villages in the area...
  • South Ossetia conflict: Russia seeks Chinese support as West warns of new dangers

    08/27/2008 6:04:34 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 219+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2008 | Damien McElroy
    Russia sought to bolster its diplomatic position in its stand off with the West over Georgia today by dispatching President Dmitry Medvedev to meet his Chinese counterpart. Mr Medvedev was to meet President Hu Jintao at a Central Asian security summit in Tajikistan in an encounter that is unlikely to yield the sort of criticism that Russia has attracted from Europe and America over its actions in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. China has kept a diplomatic silence over events in Georgia so far. Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang refused to endorse Russia's decision to recognise the...
  • 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...
  • EU leaders condemn Russia in shadow of Kosovo

    08/26/2008 9:36:56 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 221+ views
    <p>EU leaders have condemned as illegal Russia's decision to recognise the Georgian breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, while Georgian rebels compared the move to the creation of Kosovo earlier this year.</p> <p>The Russian decision is "absolutely unacceptable," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said while visiting Tallinn on Tuesday (26 August), AFP reports. "It is our position that the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia does not conform to international law." "Georgia's independence and territorial integrity ... cannot be changed by decree from Moscow," UK foreign minister David Miliband said, while announcing he will visit Ukraine on Wednesday to build the "widest possible coalition against Russian aggression." The French EU presidency called the move "regrettable," while Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini departed from Rome's normally Russia-friendly tone, saying "It's a unilateral decision that doesn't have international support that makes it legally binding." Nordic states also blasted Moscow, with Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt calling the act a "deliberate violation of international law," and Denmark's Per Stig Moller declaring "unconditional support for Georgia's territorial integrity." Eastern European capitals lined up in support of Georgia, with the Czech republic in a statement calling Russia's action "an attack on the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia." With an emergency EU summit on EU-Russia relations tabled for next week, Estonian President Andrus Ansip said NATO should now offer road maps for the membership of both Georgia and Ukraine and called for a break in relations with Russia. The proposal clashed with Germany, however, with Ms Merkel also saying Europe should maintain contact with its eastern neighbour despite events. Georgia also reacted furiously. "This is an unconcealed annexation of these territories, which are a part of Georgia," said Georgia's deputy foreign minister, Giga Bokeria.</p>
  • 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...
  • An Uncertain Death Toll In Georgia-Russia War

    08/25/2008 8:55:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 208+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2008 | Tara Bahrampour
    TBILISI, Georgia -- It was evening, and Manana Rodiashvili had just milked her cow. The disputed region of South Ossetia had seen skirmishes in recent days, but her village was calm. And then, suddenly, tanks appeared in her street. "They began shooting all around," said Rodiashvili, 55, an ethnic Georgian. She crouched in her cousin's basement as men speaking Russian entered the house. Then she hid for five days in the countryside. Like many of the tens of thousands who have fled their villages since the war between Georgia and Russia began more than two weeks ago, Rodiashvili doesn't have...
  • Bush Sending VP Cheney to Georgia to Underscore US Support

    08/25/2008 3:37:17 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 10 replies · 368+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 08-25-2008 | By David Gollust
    President Bush is sending Vice President Dick Cheney to Georgia and other countries in the region to underscore U.S. support in the wake of Russia's intervention in Georgia. U.S. officials say Russia is still not in compliance with its Georgia cease-fire obligations. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department. The Bush administration is sending the vice president and an inter-agency team of other senior officials to Georgia in the coming days in a show of U.S. support, amid what is seen here as Russian foot-dragging on its cease-fire commitments. Vice President Dick Cheney, right, departs the Georgian Embassy after...
  • US reviewing 'entire relationship' with Russia: White House

    08/25/2008 11:47:31 AM PDT · by homeguard · 23 replies · 221+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 25 02:12 PM | AFP
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  • Russia warns Moldova against "Georgian mistake"

    08/25/2008 2:48:34 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 241+ views
    Reuters ^ | Denis Dyomkin
    SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned ex-Soviet Moldova on Monday against repeating Georgia's mistake of trying to use force to seize back control of a breakaway region. Russia sent peacekeepers to Moldova in the early 1990s to end a conflict between Chisinau and its breakaway Transdniestria region and is trying to mediate a deal between the two sides. Transdniestria, one of a number of "frozen conflicts" on the territory of the former Soviet Union, mirrored the standoff between Georgia and its rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia until they erupted in war earlier this month. Russia...
  • Cindy McCain heading to Georgia

    08/25/2008 2:21:38 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies · 211+ views
    CNN ^ | August 25, 2008 | Ed Hornick
    Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, is traveling to the nation of Georgia, which has seen intense fighting with Russian forces over the past month, her husband said Monday. John McCain announced the trip at a fundraiser in Sacramento, California, telling the crowd, “Cindy is not here today, and I am sorry she is not, but she is on her way to the little country of Georgia.” The wife of the Arizona senator will return on Wednesday, CNN's Dana Bash reported. Cindy McCain is traveling with the U.N.'s World Food Program and plans to meet with Georgian...
  • Russia votes for South Ossetia independence

    08/24/2008 6:46:17 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 24 replies · 279+ views
    Russia's upper house of parliament has voted unanimously for a resolution calling on President Dmitry Medvedev to recognise Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states. The Federation Council voted 130 for the resolution with none against. Both houses of the Russian parliament are scheduled to discuss the situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia at extraordinary sessions today. France, which brokered a ceasefire in the conflict which has killed hundreds of people and made thousands more homeless, has called a September 1 meeting of EU leaders to discuss the crisis and review relations with Russia. German Chancellor...
  • Chechen Commander Fired After Ossetia Tour

    08/24/2008 6:18:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 718+ views ^ | 25 August 2008 | Svetlana Osadchuk
    Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has dismissed former Vostok battalion leader Sulim Yamadayev, a powerful former Chechen rebel at odds with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, after he fought Georgian troops in South Ossetia, a source in the Chechen administration said Friday. Serdyukov signed an order discharging Yamadayev, who had a federal warrant out for his arrest on murder charges but, in murky circumstances, ended up fighting with Russian troops in their defeat of Georgian forces over control of Tskhinvali, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with the media. The order...
  • Sings of Pullback by Russian forces in Georgia (end of day Friday in Georgia)

    08/22/2008 7:26:14 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 46 replies · 887+ views
    AP ^ | 22 Aug 2008 | MIKE ECKEL
    <p>IGOETI, Georgia - Russian forces pulled out of positions deep inside Georgia on Friday, two weeks after thousands of troops roared into the small Caucasian nation aboard hundreds of armored vehicles.</p> <p>The movements came after Russia's defense minister said President Dmitry Medvedev had ordered a pullback and promised that Russian forces would withdraw to separatist regions and surrounding security zones by the day's end.</p>
  • Gerhard Schroeder under fire after blaming Georgia for 'detonating' war with Russia

    08/23/2008 10:59:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 334+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08/23/08 | Tony Paterson
    Gerhard Schroeder under fire after blaming Georgia for 'detonating' war with Russia Germany's former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has been told he should "keep his mouth shut" after appearing to support Russia's invasion of Georgia. By Tony Paterson in Berlin Last Updated: 11:54PM BST 23 Aug 2008 The 64-year-old Social Democrat already has a reputation as a Kremlin apologist and was widely criticised for taking a £200,000 a year job with the Russian energy company Gazprom after he left office in 2005. Not only is he friends with the Russian premier and former president Vladimir Putin - whom he has referred...
  • U.S. Ambassador Warned Georgia Not to Invade

    08/22/2008 10:25:52 AM PDT · by naturalized · 138 replies · 479+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | August 22, 2008 | Associated Press
    The U.S. ambassador to Russia has told a Russian daily that Washington strongly urged Georgia not to invade its breakaway province of South Ossetia . . . .
  • LSO conductor Valery Gergiev leads defiant South Ossetia concert (supporting the Russian invasion)

    08/22/2008 6:50:16 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 11 replies · 240+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | August 22, 2008 | Tony Halpin
    The theme was Russia’s victory over Georgia; the spirit was Second World War defiance; the music was from Leningrad — and the conductor was from London. Surrounded by soldiers and barbed wire, hundreds crowded into the centre of Tskhinvali to see Valery Gergiev conduct the Maryinsky Orchestra from St Petersburg as Russia staged a victory concert amid the ruins of the capital of South Ossetia. From the mournful first bars of Shostakovitch’s Symphony No 7 (known as the Leningrad) in the makeshift arena, it was clear that the theme of the night was a stirring appeal to patriotism and the...

    08/22/2008 3:59:03 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies · 164+ views
    President of Armenia Serge Sakisian on his meeting with the Defense Ministers and the Secretary General of CSTO stated that issues of national self-determination must be solved on the basis of people's free will, "Today, we are strongly concerned over the crisis in South Ossetia. This is a humanitarian disaster, which needs to be overcome quickly. In these circumstances, we welcome the joint initiative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy - the six-step plan of how overcoming the present situation and to attain long-term peaceful resolution," the Armenian President said. Mr. Sarkisian added that the tragic...
  • Serb FM links Georgia war to Kosovo independence

    08/21/2008 3:50:19 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 39 replies · 310+ views
    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's foreign minister said the link is clear — U.S. and Western support for Kosovo's secession from Serbia has helped fuel tensions in Georgia's separatist province of South Ossetia. Minister Vuk Jeremic was quoted by the Vecernje Novosti daily on Thursday as saying the recognition of Kosovo's independence on Feb. 17 by the United States and its NATO allies has "destabilized" other parts of the world. "We have pointed out to the international community from the very start that the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo could present a dangerous precedent," Vuk Jeremic was quoted as...
  • BP says Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline [through Georgia] to resume operations

    08/21/2008 12:41:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 213+ views
    Rueters ^ | Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:31pm BST | Alex Lawler
    LONDON (Reuters) - BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday exports of Azeri oil from Turkey should resume next week after repairs to the $4 billion (2.1 billion pounds) Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline damaged by a fire two weeks ago. The line can pump up to 1 million barrels per day of oil, equal to more than 1 percent of world supply, from fields in the Azeri part of the Caspian Sea to Ceyhan in Turkey. Its closure had supported world oil prices, which fell initially on news that it was reopening. "We've taken the decision to start dynamic integrity...
  • Christopher Hitchens - South Ossetia Isn't Kosovo

    08/21/2008 2:24:04 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 97 replies · 307+ views
    Slate Magazine (excerpt) ^ | August 21, 2008 | Christopher Hitchens
    Excerpt - While it is almost certainly true that Moscow's action in the Ossetian and (for good measure) the Abkhazian enclave of Georgia has been, in a real sense, the revenge for the independence of Kosovo (on Feb. 14 Vladimir Putin said publicly that Western recognition of Kosovar independence would be met by intensified Russian support for irredentism in South Ossetia), it is extremely important to bear in mind that this observation does not permit us the moral sloth of allowing any equivalence between the two dramas. Perhaps one could mention just some of the more salient differences? 1. Russia...