Keyword: saakashvili

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Saakashvili: 20 Years Needed to Reach Social Level of Yanukovych's Ukraine

    06/16/2015 6:49:30 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 7 replies ^ | June 15, 2015
    We know not what is good until we have lost it: Mikheil Saakashvili, who actively supported the Euromaidan turmoil that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych, now asserted that it will take 20 years to reach the social level of Yanukovych's Ukraine. Ukraine has slid into such poverty that it will take 20 years to reach the level of 2013, if the country develops in favorable conditions, Odessa region governor Mikheil Saaksshvili said, local Timer reported Sunday. "Now Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe. If the collapse of the economy suddenly stops, and Ukraine develops by four percent annually, we will...
  • Former Georgian (Reaganite) Leader Saakashvili Gets Another Crack at the Russians...

    06/02/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 June 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Takes Ukrainian citizenship, appointed Governor of Odessa region While it was pretty painful to watch the US-and-Israeli equipped and trained Georgian Armed Forces get their asses kicked by the Russians in 2008, the truth is that the greatly-outnumbered Georgians never stood a chance once the Kremlin decided to get militarily involved, due to the fact that loyal US ally Tbilisi had all their best troops still in Iraq... The Georgian army was reduced to five brigades, nearly all light infantry, ditching practically all its armor and artillery in favor of a counterterrorism and counterinsurgency approach to warfare, which of course was what...
  • Georgia Expresses Sympathy to Ukrainian People Over Saakashvili Appointment

    05/30/2015 11:13:06 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 5-30-2015 | Sputnik
    Davit Saganelidze, the leader of the parliamentary majority the Georgia's parliament, has expressed his sympathy to the people of Ukraine over Mikhail Saakashvili's appointment as governor of Odessa, calling the appointment a "serious mistake" by Ukrainian authorities. Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Saganelidze noted that "this is a very serious mistake on the part of Ukrainian authorities." "I sympathize with the Ukrainian people, who are very near and dear to my heart, and especially to the people of Odessa," Saganelidze added, commenting on Saturday's announcement by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that he had appointed Saakashvili governor of the southern region....
  • Ukraine President appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili (as Odessa) Governor

    05/30/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 5-30-2015 | Maria Tymoshchuk
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region. Poroshenko made the announcement at a televised event in the Black Sea port alongside the reformist Saakashvili, calling the ex-Georgian president a "great friend of Ukraine". "There remain a large number of problems in Odessa: preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and peace," Poroshenko said. SNIP---- Saakashvili is replacing millionaire Igor Palitsa in the post, a close ally of banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky who has been at loggerheads with Poroshenko over control of...

    04/01/2015 8:25:03 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    The Hillary Clinton confidant who was caught running a clandestine intelligence service for her may have also illegally lobbied for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally in the nation of Georgia. According to a Gawker report, Sidney Blumenthal, the top Clinton confidant, and “another former official from Bill Clinton’s administration were secretly lobbying the secretary of state on behalf of a billionaire in the former Soviet state of Georgia who was seeking closer ties with Putin’s Russia—seemingly in violation of a federal law designed to prevent foreign powers from covertly wielding influence within the United States.” Blumenthal “passed along a note...
  • Court Orders Pre-Trial Detention for Saakashvili in Absentia

    08/01/2014 11:42:34 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    Civil.Ge ^ | August 2, 2014
    Tbilisi City Court accepted prosecution’s motion and ordered pre-trial detention of former President Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia. Preliminary court hearing – the stage when a presiding judge, among other issues, decides on the admissibility of evidence submitted by the parties – has been set for September 22. Prosecutor’s office has charged Saakashvili with exceeding official powers in connection to break up of the anti-government protest rallies on November 7, 2007, and raid on and “seizure” of Imedi TV station. “Ahead of the August war [six-year] anniversary Putin could not have imagined more desirable present than Georgian authorities ordering my arrest,”...
  • Putin plans to reinforce terrorists to strike decisive blow - Saakashvili

    06/24/2014 3:27:19 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 24.06.2014 10:55 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 24 /Ukrinform/. Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said he believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly declares a truce to reinforce militants in eastern Ukraine to strike a decisive blow.
  • U.S. Believes Russian Forces Land in Ukraine (Fmr. Georgia Pres says Bush stopped Putin in 2008)

    03/01/2014 10:11:38 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 13 replies
    Out Front w/Erin Burnett CNN Transcripts ^ | February 28, 2014 | Mikheil Saakashvili
    MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA: No, I'm not surprised. Actually, Georgia was invaded by a large-scale Russian army. I was warning prior to the invasion. Georgia will come and then the new Ukraine will come. Putin is following his blueprint all the way through and actually coincidentally it happened both times during the times of the Olympic. SAAKASHVILI: One thing should be known. In Georgia in 2008 after the reaction was quite late, Putin was stopped at the entrance of our capital by a huge unit who showed, but the international community outcry. George Bush sent...
  • As Georgia's President Leaves, What Is Left Of the West's Victory In the Cold War

    11/06/2013 10:16:20 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    Why does it matter to the rest of us what happens in Georgia and environs? Answer: if the West cannot help an aspiring ally with dreams of joining Nato and the EU, cannot even protect it from Russian hegemony, what are we doing meddling in the Middle East or anywhere else? And if we can’t help Georgia, then what is left of the West’s victory in the Cold War? I reported on the national elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, last October. On one occasion, I was shown a text from a politician of the party that won the election to a...
  • Saakashvili's UN Speech

    09/29/2013 2:42:38 PM PDT · by annalex · 49 replies
    Civil Georgia ^ | 26 Sep.'13
    President Saakashvili addresses UN General Assembly, September 25, 2013. In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 25, Georgia’s outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili lashed out at Russia for mounting “constant pressures and threats” on neighbors and said that “the last authoritarian empire in the world” will fail and its leader Vladimir Putin will vanish from the Russian politics in “few years from now.”In his speech Saakashvili, whose second and final presidential term nears its end, also mentioned his tenure saying that “many good things” have been done under his leadership, but also added that “some of these...
  • Georgia acknowledged launching war in 2008

    04/15/2013 12:51:46 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Pravda ^ | 15.04.2013 | Anton Krivenyuk
    Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili admitted responsibility of Georgia for the outbreak of the war in August of 2008. He stated that the actions of the authorities of the country before crossing the border of Georgia by Russian forces were inadequate. This statement will have tangible consequences, first of all, for President Mikhail Saakashvili. "The political noose" around the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's neck is getting tighter. He is not yet being investigated, but the new authorities have already talked about the possibility of his interrogation about the events of 2008. The country may begin a new investigation into...
  • Dead Billionaire Had Feared Enemy Plot (Georgian Opposition Leader Victim of Kremlin-a-cide?)

    02/13/2008 11:47:49 AM PST · by Squidpup · 15 replies · 180+ views
    Sky News ^ | February 13, 2008 | Sky News
    The sudden death of an exiled Georgian billionaire may have been another "Alexander Litvinenko-style" murder, it is feared. A major crime squad is investigating the death of 52-year-old Badri Patarkatsishvili, whose body was found at his country mansion in Surrey at about 11pm last night. His family said he suffered a heart attack - but Surrey Police have launched an investigation to confirm the exact cause of death after reports of a plot to kill him. Sky News' home affairs correspondent Mark White said: "The police want to leave no stone uncovered. "In the light of Litvinenko's death in 2006...
  • At nuclear summit, Obama snubs an ally

    04/13/2010 8:04:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 726+ views
    Wapo ^ | 4/13/10 | Jackson Diehl
    Forty-seven world leaders are Barack Obama’s guests in Washington Tuesday at the nuclear security summit. Obama is holding bilateral meetings with just 12 of them. That’s led to some awkward exclusions -- and some unfortunate appearances, as well. One of those left out was Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, who got a phone call from Obama last week instead of a meeting in Washington. His exclusion must have prompted broad smiles in Moscow, where Saakashvili is considered public enemy no. 1 -- a leader whom Russia tried to topple by force in the summer of 2008. After all, Obama met...
  • Georgia outrage over fake 'invasion' TV report

    03/14/2010 3:51:18 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 556+ views
    Nine News ^ | March 15, 2010
    Outraged Georgians have slammed a local television channel that sparked panic by broadcasting a faked report announcing that Russia had launched an invasion and the country's president was dead. The Georgian opposition condemned the newscast as a state-sponsored stunt aimed at smearing President Mikheil Saakashvili's critics while the president himself added to the furore by appearing to defend the broadcast. The report, aired Saturday night on privately owned Imedi television, said Russian tanks were headed for the capital Tbilisi, Saakashvili had been killed and that some opposition leaders had sided with invading forces. "It was indeed a very unpleasant program...
  • Readout of Vice President Biden's Call to Georgian President Saakashvili

    11/21/2009 2:29:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,101+ views ^ | November 19, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release November 19, 2009 Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call to Georgian President Saakashvili Vice President Biden called Georgian President Saakashvili on November 18, 2009, to discuss democratic reform in Georgia and to reiterate the United States’ strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Vice President underscored the importance of sustaining the commitment to democratic reform to fulfill the promise of the Rose Revolution. He also emphasized that all parties should live...
  • U.S. Declines Georgia Arms Supply Request for Now

    08/01/2009 5:04:00 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 8 replies · 1,278+ views
    The Georgian Times ^ | 07/30/09 | Georgian Times
    "U.S. Defense Department official said Georgia was not ready for weapons acquisition, the issue pushed by President Saakashvili before the Vice President Biden’s visit to Tbilisi. Celeste A. Wallander, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, however, also told a congressional panel on July 28, that the issue was “not off the table” in the future. She made the remarks at the hearing of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe after she was asked to comment about President Saakashvili’s statement made in an interview with The Washington Post asking the U.S. to provide Georgia with defensive...
  • 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.
  • A SHATTERED DREAM IN GEORGIA: EU Probe Creates Burden for Saakashvili

    06/16/2009 9:46:28 AM PDT · by vertolet · 1 replies · 267+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 06/15/2009 | Uwe Klussmann
    Unpublished documents produced by the European Union commission that investigated the conflict between Georgia and Moscow assign much of the blame to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. But the Kremlin and Ossetian militias are also partly responsible.From her office on Avenue de la Paix, Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, 58, looks out onto the botanical gardens in peaceful Geneva. The view offers a welcome respite from the stacks of documents on her desk, which deal exclusively with war and war blame. They contain the responses, from the conflicting parties in the Caucasus region -- Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia -- to...
  • McCain Praises Georgia’s Reforms, Criticizes Russia

    05/21/2009 8:55:33 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 323+ views
    U.S. Republican senator, John McCain, said what the Georgian people had “accomplished since the Rose Revolution – in terms of democratic governance, a western orientation, and in domestic reform – is of historic magnitude.” He was speaking at an annual reception of the Georgian Association in the USA in Washington on May 20, where Senator McCain was awarded with the Association’s special award for his “outstanding and unconditional support to Georgian Independence and US-Georgian Friendship.” “Although it has been merely eight months since the world’s attention was riveted by Russia’s invasion, and while the stories may have faded from the...
  • Kazakhstan refuses to take part in NATO drills in Georgia

    04/20/2009 11:46:21 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 1 replies · 315+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 21/ 04/ 2009
    ASTANA, April 20 (RIA Novosti) - Kazakhstan will not take part in NATO-led military exercises in Georgia in May, the Kazakh defense minister said on Tuesday. Kazakhstan was earlier scheduled to take part in the Cooperative Longbow/Cooperative Lancer-2009 command-and-staff exercise, which Russia has criticized as unhelpful in the wake of last summer's armed conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia. Explaining Kazakhstan's decision, Danial Akhmetov said: "We are too busy for this". The exercise will be held from May 6 through June 1 in Georgia, and will involve 1,300 troops from 19 NATO member or ally states, but will...
  • Mikheil Saakashvili : Where Are My Western Friends?

    04/13/2009 6:11:49 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 36 replies · 905+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Apr 11, 2009 | Anna Nemtsova
    In the largest opposition demonstration in Georgia since November 2007— WHEN President Mikheil Saakashvili tested his democratic credentials by sending in riot police to quash the protests—tens of thousands of people filled Tbilisi's leafy Rustaveli Avenue last Thursday to demand Saakashvili's resignation. The president retreated to his residence, where he spoke with NEWSWEEK's Anna Nemtsova about the crowds on the street, his difficult relationship with Russia and how the West has largely abandoned him in recent months. Excerpts: Nemtsova: Who wants your resignation? Saakashvili: Mostly unemployed people. We fired about 250,000 people as a result of our reforms. A big...
  • Saakashvili: Russian Oligarchs Fund Georgia Opposition

    04/12/2009 1:19:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 278+ views ^ | 04/12/2009
    In an interview with Newsweek published on April 11, President Saakashvili speaks of sources of opposition funding, about his U.S. friends, his stance of U.S. under Bush and Obama administrations, as well as about being disappointed with the West putting relationships with Georgia on hold while waiting for the outcome of the street protest rallies. Asked who sponsors the Georgian opposition, Saakashvili responded: “Most of the money—millions of dollars—comes from Russian oligarchs. I have documentary proof of that, which I am not making public yet. Whether the money is being sent from Russia under the supervision of the Russian government,...
  • Georgian opposition says Saakashvili has 'last chance' to resign

    04/09/2009 10:33:59 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 22 replies · 659+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 09/ 04/ 2009
    TBILISI, April 9 (RIA Novosti) - The Georgian opposition said at a large protest rally in Tbilisi on Thursday that President Mikheil Saakashvili should take his "last chance" to resign in order to ensure a peaceful change of power. The largely peaceful demonstration against the president has brought at least 100,000 people out on to the streets of the capital. "Society demands that Mikheil Saakashvili acts correctly and fulfills the will of the people," an opposition statement said. "This is the last chance for the leadership to rise above their personal interests and for the state to show responsibility in...
  • Red Alert: A Possible Revolution Simmering in Georgia

    04/09/2009 2:57:27 AM PDT · by liberty75 · 30 replies · 1,552+ views
    Stratfor ^ | 04-08-2009
    Georgian opposition movements have planned mass protests for April 9, mostly in Tbilisi but also around the country. These protests could spell trouble for President Mikhail Saakashvili. The Western-leaning president has faced protests before, but this time the opposition is more consolidated than in the past. Furthermore, some members of the government are expected to join in the protests, and Russia has stepped up its efforts to oust Saakashvili.Opposition parties inside Georgia are planning mass protests for April 9, mainly in the capital city of Tbilisi but also across the country. The protests are against President Mikhail Saakashvili and are...
  • Saakashvili: we started the war

    11/29/2008 10:01:02 AM PST · by BGHater · 27 replies · 1,294+ views
    Autonomous non-profit organization (ANO) "TV-Novosti" ^ | 4 Zubovsky Blvd, Moscow, Russia 119021 | November 29, 2008
    For the first time ever, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has admitted that his country started the military conflict in South Ossetia in August. But the Georgian leader is adamant the action was justified. He was testifying before a parliamentary commission investigating the five-day war. According to Saakashvili, the attack on the South Ossetian capital, which involved night shelling of residential areas with multiple rocket launcher systems, was aimed at protecting Georgian citizens. He said it was a response to Russia’s “intervention” in the region. “We did start military action to take control of Tskhinvali and other unruly areas. But we...
  • Georgian officials: shots fired at president's motorcade

    11/23/2008 7:00:17 PM PST · by Daffynition · 6 replies · 599+ views ^ | Sun. Nov. 23 2008 | News Staff
    Georgian officials are reporting that the presidents of Georgia and Poland were fired upon while traveling in a motorcade on Sunday. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Polish President Lech Kaczynski were not harmed in the incident. It's believed the gunshots came from the disputed province of South Ossetia -- and that the motorcade was approaching a military checkpoint at the time of the incident. However, there is some dispute as to exactly where the incident took place. Georgia's Interior Ministry said the shots were fired at a military checkpoint in the Akhalgori area, while legislator Marika Verulashvili said the incident...
  • Vladimir Putin 'wanted to hang Georgian President Saakashvili by the balls'

    11/14/2008 10:32:26 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 16 replies · 870+ views
    The Times of London ^ | November 14th, 2008 | Charles Bremner in Paris
    With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. According to Mr Levitte, the Russian seemed unconcerned by international reaction. “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr Putin declared. Mr Sarkozy thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” — he asked. “Why not?” Mr Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.” Mr Sarkozy, using the familiar tu, tried to reason with him: “Yes but do you want to end up like [President] Bush?” Mr Putin was briefly lost for words,...
  • DID SAAKASHVILI LIE? The West begins to doubt Georgian leader

    09/17/2008 4:02:34 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 50 replies · 545+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 15 September 2008 | by SPIGEL Staff
    The West Begins to Doubt Georgian Leader Five weeks after the war in the Caucasus the mood is shifting against Georgian President Saakashvili. Some Western intelligence reports have undermined Tbilisi's version of events and there are now calls on both sides of the Atlantic for an independent investigation. But now, five weeks after the end of the war in the Caucasus, the winds have shifted in America. Even Washington is beginning to suspect that Saakashvili, a friend and ally, could in fact be a gambler -- someone who triggered the bloody five-day war and then told the West bold-faced lies....
  • Georgians Eager to Rebuild Army

    09/03/2008 5:41:36 AM PDT · by vertolet · 5 replies · 252+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 3, 2008 | C. J. CHIVERS and THOM SHANKER
    Just weeks after Georgia’s military collapsed in panic in the face of the Russian Army, its leaders hope to rebuild and train its armed forces as if another war with Russia is almost inevitable. Georgia is already drawing up lists of options, including restoring the military to its prewar strength or making it a much larger force with more modern equipment, like air-defense systems, modern antiarmor rockets and night-vision devices. Officials at the Pentagon, State Department and White House confirmed that the Bush administration was examining what would be required to rebuild Georgia’s military, but stressed that no decisions had...
  • Saakashvili 'No Longer Exists' As Georgia's President: Medvedev

    09/02/2008 7:01:12 PM PDT · by edpc · 23 replies · 88+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Sep 2, 2008 | Sebastian Smith
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday Moscow no longer considered Mikheil Saakashvili as Georgia's leader, calling him a "political corpse" and accusing his regime of "aggression that ended in many deaths." Speaking in an interview ahead of US Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Georgia, Medvedev again accused Washington of helping Tbilisi "build its war machine" and urged the United States to review its relations with the country. "For us, the present Georgian regime has collapsed. President Saakashvili no longer exists in our eyes. He is a political corpse," Medvedev said in the interview broadcast on Russian...
  • Saakashvili fears Russia would stop him returning home

    08/28/2008 11:06:44 AM PDT · by F-117A · 7 replies · 986+ views
    The Standard (HK) ^ | 8-27-2008 | AFP
    Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said he will not leave Georgia because he fears Russia would prevent him from returning home, in an interview with a German newspaper. ''If I leave Georgia then the Russians will close our airspace and prevent me from returning home,'' Saakashvili was quoted as saying by the German daily Bild. For this reason the Georgian leader said he would not attend an emergency European Union summit in Brussels on Monday called to discuss the crisis in the Caucasus, according to the newspaper. He said that he wanted from the summit a ''clear commitment from the EU...
  • 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...
  • In media's war of words, Georgia emerging as victor

    08/24/2008 12:41:01 PM PDT · by lizol · 57 replies · 1,728+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 23, 2008 | MATEA GOLD, TRACY WILKINSON and MEGAN STACK
    In media's war of words, Georgia emerging as victor President's PR savvy has Russia looking like the bad guy in conflict By MATEA GOLD, TRACY WILKINSON and MEGAN STACK Los Angeles Times Aug. 23, 2008, 5:37PM NEW YORK — He is the leader of a small country that, until recently, was not on the radar for most Americans. But it's been hard to turn on a news channel this month without encountering the brooding glare of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, railing against the Russian troops pouring across his country's borders, doing his best to turn a military disaster into a...
  • Bush Urges Russia to Close Bases in Georgia - US to train Georgian troops

    02/25/2004 6:59:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 25, 2004 | David Morgan
    President Bush urged Moscow to abandon two Soviet-era military bases in Georgia as he met on Wednesday with the newly elected leader of the strategically placed Caucasus state. Sitting with President Mikhail Saakashvili in the Oval Office, Bush told reporters he would help build good relations between Georgia and Russia. He said Russia should honor a promise to remove the bases, which it made during the 1999 Istanbul summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. "The Istanbul commitment made it very clear that Russia would leave those bases," Bush said after a closed-door meeting with Saakashvili, whose...
  • Barr stands with South Ossetia...(Barr On Putin's Side in This)

    08/19/2008 12:08:29 PM PDT · by mnehring · 107 replies · 304+ views
    “The Saakashvili government in Georgia made a foolish mistake by initiating hostilities in its breakaway province of South Ossetia,” says Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr in a press release entitled No Foreign Aid for Georgian War. “American taxpayers should not have to pay for that mistake. After all, they already are paying $10 billion a month for the administration’s mistaken invasion and occupation of Iraq. They cannot afford to pay the price for other people’s wars as well.” In response to the press release, Liberty Maven says: It is comforting to know that Barr is quick to point out...
  • Who Started Cold War II

    08/19/2008 8:38:44 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 140 replies · 293+ views ^ | August 18, 2008 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Strategy Who Started Cold War II Posted by Patrick J. Buchanan on August 18, 2008 The American people should be eternally grateful to Old Europe for having spiked the Bush-McCain plan to bring Georgia into NATO. Had Georgia been in NATO when Mikheil Saakashvili invaded South Ossetia, we would be eyeball to eyeball with Russia, facing war in the Caucasus, where Moscow’s superiority is as great as U.S. superiority in the Caribbean during the Cuban missile crisis. If the Russia-Georgia war proves nothing else, it is the insanity of giving erratic hotheads in volatile nations the power to drag the...
  • Georgia to become NATO member: Merkel

    08/17/2008 8:18:58 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 59 replies · 258+ views
    AFP ^ | 17 Aug 2008
    TBILISI (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday in the Georgian capital that the ex-Soviet republic, currently mired in conflict with Russia, will join NATO. "Georgia will become a member of NATO if it wants to -- and it does want to," she said before talks with President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi. It was one of the strongest statements yet of support for Georgia's NATO membership bid, which is fiercely opposed by Russia.
  • Georgia Stands Firm Ahead of Promised Russian Troop Withdrawal [not giving up disputed regions]

    08/17/2008 9:52:05 AM PDT · by ETL · 12 replies · 127+ views ^ | August 17, 2008
    MOSCOW — Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili vowed Sunday that his country would not give up the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This comes as Russia's president said troops would begin pulling out of Georgia on Monday, but made no mention of leaving the separatist province at the heart of the conflict between the countries.
  • Saakashvili eats own tie

    08/16/2008 10:35:01 PM PDT · by Blogger · 28 replies · 224+ views
    See Video at link.
  • Schröder blames Georgia for crisis with Russia

    08/16/2008 7:31:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies · 193+ views ^ | 16 Aug 08
    Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has criticized Georgia for the war over South Ossetia, calling Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili a gambler, and warning against allowing the country to join NATO. In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine due out on Monday, Schröder said he thought Georgia’s chances of joining the transatlantic alliance had moved “even further into the distance,” following the fighting with Russian forces. Schröder’s comments are sure to be scrutinized due to his close personal and political friendship with former president and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, as well as his acceptance of a Gazprom job immediately after leaving...
  • Soros, Enemy of Nations, Was Behind Georgia's `Democracy' Revolution (Background of War)

    08/16/2008 10:03:56 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 150+ views
    Aug. 9, 2008 (EIRNS)—Following his service to his British masters in the Balkan wars of 1990-91, George Soros convened a series of meetings inside Serbia, that were to launch the "Rose Revolution," the "Orange Revolution," and the series of phony democracy insurgencies designed to undermine nation-states and create a "ring around Russia" for a future British-inspired confrontation. One of the key operations run by Soros, as indicated in a LaRouche Political Action Committee press release, "LaRouche Denounces `Obama's Godfather' George Soros," was to topple Georgia President Eduard Shevardnadze, and bring in Mikhail Saakashvili, the Colombia University-trained project of Soros's "Open...
  • U.S., Allies ‘Stand With People of Georgia,’ Bush Says

    08/15/2008 5:30:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 103+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008 – President Bush today pledged the United States will support the former Soviet republic of Georgia in its time of need, as Russian troops still occupy parts of the country. Video “The United States and our allies stand with the people of Georgia and their democratically elected government,” Bush said at the White House. “Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected. Moscow must honor its commitment to withdraw its invading forces from all Georgian territory,” Bush declared, noting the United States is working closely with its European allies and other members of the G-7...
  • Condoleezza Rice forces deal on Georgia to end the war

    08/15/2008 6:10:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 157+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/15/2008 | Damien McElroy in Tbilisi
    Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, warned Russia that it must withdraw its troops behind the boundaries of two disputed Georgian enclaves as she secured a ceasefire agreement that leaves open the possibility of continued incursions. America's chief diplomat arrived in the Georgian capital Tblisi for talks with a deeply suspicious President Mikheil Saakashvili, who sought to strengthen guarantees of a complete Russian pullback. In the end, the pro-Western Georgian leader had little option but to accept the accord on a day that Russia threatened to target Poland with its full arsenal. Before the arrival of international monitors, Russia...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 8-15-08

    08/15/2008 6:31:23 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 72 replies · 691+ views
    This morning, after receiving an update from his national security team on the situation in Georgia, President Bush delivered a brief statement from the White House Rose Garden. (Transcript) The United States and our allies stand with the people of Georgia and their democratically elected government. Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected. Moscow must honor its commitment to withdraw its invading forces from all Georgian territory … The people of Georgia have cast their lot with the free world, and we will not cast them aside. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia today and met...
  • Verbatim: Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Appeals To The World For Georgia (Transcript)

    08/15/2008 5:20:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 200+ views
    Joint appearance with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Tbilisi, Aug. 15, 2008.PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: Madame Secretary, we had almost five — hour discussion about mechanics to stop ongoing violence and deterring Russian invasion, as well as about massive assistance programs for Georgia from the United States in order to start immediate rebuild, immediate assistance, and immediate normalization of life in my badly damaged country. As we speak now, significant part of territories of Georgia remain under foreign military occupation. You might have heard reports that some Russian APCs were dislocated to move closer to the capital and on — halfway...
  • Live Thread: Press Conference with Sec. of State Rice and Georgia Pres. Saakashvili

    08/15/2008 8:20:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 63 replies · 318+ views
    Friday, August 15, 2008 | Kristinn
    Live from Tblisi on Fox News and CNN. Georgian President has been speaking for a while.
  • Evidence in Georgia Belies Russia's Claims of 'Genocide'

    08/14/2008 10:27:13 PM PDT · by Fred · 13 replies · 430+ views
    WSJ ^ | 08/15/08 | ANDREW OSBORN in Tskhinvali, Georgia, and JEANNE WHALEN in Moscow
    Russia's assertions that it was provoked into war by "genocide" in South Ossetia and that it is observing a cease-fire in Georgia came under new challenge Thursday, as the U.S. stepped up diplomatic pressure on Moscow. Washington agreed to base missile interceptors on Polish soil, in a new sign of how Russia's invasion of Georgia is redrawing the geopolitical map. On the ground in South Ossetia -- the contested region where fighting broke out last week between Georgia and Russia -- there was little evidence that Georgian attacks killed thousands of civilians, as Russia has said. Doctors said they had...
  • Saakashvili may be put on trial in Russia, say prosecutors [genocide]

    08/14/2008 4:31:44 PM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies · 299+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 8-14-08
    Russian investigators have launched a criminal case on charges of genocide in connection with the events in South Ossetia. Russia’s Interfax news agency reports that the Russian General Prosecutor's Office has said Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili may also be put on trial. Igor Komissarov, deputy chairman of the Prosecutor’s Investigation Committee, said it had "initiated a genocide probe based on reports of actions committed by Georgian troops aimed at murdering Russian citizens, ethnic Ossetians, living in South Ossetia." According to the latest figures, about 1,600 residents and 74 Russian peacekeepers have been killed as a result of Georgia’s attack on...
  • Georgia crisis helps McCain for now

    08/14/2008 1:55:49 PM PDT · by Righting · 2 replies · 136+ views
    csmonitor. ^ | 14,August, 2008
    Georgia crisis helps McCain for now Christian Science Monitor, MA Since last Friday, when Russia invaded its Caucasian neighbor, Senator McCain has spoken to his old friend "Misha" Saakashvili several times, ...