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  • Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich

    02/13/2016 8:31:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 13 Feb 2016 11:29 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War". With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: "All that's left is an unfriendly policy of NATO against Russia". "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War," he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or...
  • 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,...
  • South Ossetian Leader Proposes Referendum On Joining Russia

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

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

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

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

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

    03/19/2012 11:43:08 PM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/18/2012 | Melik Kaylan
    Now that Vladimir Putin has allowed the Russian electorate to rubber-stamp him back into power, he can return with redoubled purpose to his consistently regressive interference in world affairs. That nobody is surprised at his obdurate defense of the regimes in Tehran and Damascus speaks volumes. Dictators support dictators, don't they? At this point Mr. Putin apparently doesn't mind much that anyone should include him in that category. After all, if Putinism could be defined by any single principle, if it had a formula, it would have at its core the "power now people later" approach common to all strongmen....
  • Russia starts large-scale war games, Georgia fumes

    06/29/2010 10:53:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/29/2010 | By Dmitry Solovyov
    Russia launched large-scale military exercises involving thousands of troops across parts of its southern regions on Monday which Georgia said would violate its territory. The Defence Ministry said the sweep of the week-long "Caucasus 2009" manoeuvres would include the volatile, mainly-Muslim regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia - continuing focus of rebel groups seeking to prize the area from Moscow's control. Moscow sees the Caucasus mountains area as a strategically vital zone, the approach to prime agricultural and industrial regions and an important energy transit route. The Kremlin views any challenge here as a threat to the overall security and...
  • Russia to build military base in occupied Georgia

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

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

    10/05/2009 11:40:15 AM PDT · by Dan Middleton · 6 replies · 390+ views
    The Economist ^ | 10-1-09 | Anonymous
    IF JUSTICE were the ultimate goal, Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, and Mikheil Saakashvili, his Georgian counterpart, should appear together in court in The Hague. As their countries’ commanders-in-chief, both violated international law during the war in Georgia. So suggests this week’s European Union report on the war. Behind them should sit Vladimir Putin, the mastermind of Georgia’s dismemberment, and the leaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia who also acted illegally.
  • Who Is It Good For?

    08/09/2009 11:50:55 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 329+ views
    TOL ^ | 7 August 2009
    Who Is It Good For? BBC Monitoring 7 August 2009 An oppositionist Russian website says South Ossetia’s leaders are angling for another war that neither Russia nor Georgia really wants. [A year after the August war between Georgia and Russia, the rhetoric sounds familiar, with each side accusing the other of aggression. Many Russian media have speculated on whether or not war will break out again. Others, including Boris Vishnevskiy, the author of this commentary, suggest that Moscow has bought itself a headache through its support of South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity – TOL.] Text of Boris Vishnevskiy report: "Just...
  • Russian Communist Party to protest U.S. stance on S.Ossetia

    08/03/2009 7:24:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 350+ views ^ | August 03, 2009
    MOSCOW, August 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Communist Party will hold protests outside the U.S. embassy in Moscow on Friday to mark Georgia's attack on South Ossetia, Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said on Monday. "We will hold protests in front of the U.S. embassy on [August] 7 in connection with the anniversary of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict, or more precisely [Georgian President Mikheil] Saakashvili and his mercenaries' traitorous attack on a brotherly republic," Zyuganov said during a press conference in Moscow. The head of the Communist Party's Moscow department, Vladimir Ulas, said the U.S. embassy was chosen for the protests...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Signs Could Point To New War Despite Russian, Georgian Step Toward Stability

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

    02/09/2009 1:55:07 AM PST · by Cindy · 315+ views
    OSAC.GOV ^ | February 7, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: "YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Georgia Carjacking; Concerns over Highway Travel CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Europe - Georgia 7 Feb 2009" SNIPPET: "U.S. Embassy Tbilisi issued the following Warden Message on February 7: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi would like to inform American citizens that an armed carjacking occurred February 7 on the main east-west highway near Igoeti. The vehicle was taken to South Ossetia and a telephone belonging to one of the victims was used to make a ransom demand. While this believed...
  • 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.
  • 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,...
  • 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.
  • What the Russians Left In Their Wake in Georgia

    09/25/2008 11:03:01 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 322+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 25, 2008 | MELIK KAYLAN
    The site of Nikozi Church dates back to the fifth century and is known to Georgians as the Church of the First Martyr. ... The Soviets expunged all religious activity there with particular force because Stalin hailed from the nearby town of Gori, where they built the Stalin museum in his lifetime. At the Soviets' demise, Nikozi became again a center of pilgrimage for Georgians. And as the national church came back to life, Nikozi reacquired a bishop who revived the annual mid-August festivities in honor of St. Rajdeny. The fiercest aerial bombardment of the village took place this year...
  • What Russia Wants

    09/24/2008 2:48:33 AM PDT · by vertolet · 8 replies · 292+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | September 22, 2008 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    Russia’s military intervention in Georgia has provoked a storm of negative reactions in the United States and Europe. To most Americans—and apparently to spluttering Bush administration officials—Moscow’s actions came as an unpleasant surprise. Pundits and policy experts immediately began to speculate about the Kremlin’s motives in Georgia and beyond. To Russophobes the answer is clear: the evil empire has been reborn and is on the march. They issued shrill warnings that Moscow’s dust-up with Georgia was just like the Soviet Union’s invasions of Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968. Some even invoked the threadbare 1930s analogy, with Russia playing...
  • Putin: Georgia military presence up to regions

    09/22/2008 5:30:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies · 139+ views
    Only Russia and the "states" of South Ossetia and Abkhazia will decide how many troops Moscow can keep on their soil, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday, signaling the Kremlin will do as it pleases in the separatist Georgian regions regardless of Western demands. The statement was in frank defiance of calls by Georgia, the U.S. and the European Union for a withdrawal of most Russian troops from the breakaway territories, which only Russia and Nicaragua have recognized as independent nations. Thumbing its nose at Georgia and the U.S., South Ossetia rolled what Russian media said were captured American-made Jeeps...
  • Russia’s Aggression Against Georgia: Consequences and Responses

    09/17/2008 1:44:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 170+ views ^ | September 17, 2008 | William J. Burns
    William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Statement before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Washington, DC September 17, 2008 Mr. Chairman, Senator Lugar, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Georgia crisis and its implications, particularly for our relationship with Russia. The causes of this conflict – particularly the dispute between Georgia and its breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia – are complex, with mistakes and miscalculations on all sides. But key facts are clear: Russia’s intensified pressure and provocations against Georgia – combined with a serious Georgian miscalculation – have resulted...
  • Georgia vows to maintain Iraq, Afghan commitments

    09/17/2008 12:34:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 161+ views
    Reuters ^ | 17 Sep 2008
    BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Georgia will keep pledges to field troops in Western peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan and Iraq despite Russia's crushing of its military during the South Ossetia war, a top official said on Wednesday. "We will still keep our commitments to have our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is very important to our country," Georgian national parliament chairman David Bakradze told a news conference in Brussels. "We hope our allies and other friendly countries will help us to recover our infrastructure," he added. Georgia withdrew all of its 2,000 soldiers in Iraq last month after the...
  • Kosovo prelude to Georgia?

    09/17/2008 4:25:06 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 14 replies · 420+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7 September 2008 | James George Jatras
    Thus, while Kosovo's status as part of Serbia is unquestionable, South Ossetia and Abkhazia can make a good case they were part of Soviet Georgia but never the current independent state of Georgia. (The same would apply to Transdniestria with respect to Moldova and Nagorno-Karabakh with respect to Azerbaijan. When will they follow suit?) In Kosovo, Washington sowed the wind, and now Georgia has reaped the whirlwind. Only a return to the negotiating table to address comprehensively Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and similar trouble spots elsewhere can prevent this malignant precedent from spinning further out of control with incalculable consequences...
  • 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....
  • Georgia says phonetaps show Russia launched war

    09/16/2008 1:39:48 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies · 295+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 16, 2008 | Matt Robinson and Margarita Antidze
    Georgia produced telephone intercepts on Tuesday it said proved Russian armour entered Georgia hours before the start of a Georgian attack that Moscow said forced it to send in its troops. The release of the intercepts comes as both Moscow and Tbilisi wage a diplomatic and public relations campaign to prove the other side fired the first shot in a war that killed hundreds of people and caused widespread devastation. Russia said the evidence was "not serious". The force movements referred to in the intercepts may, it said, have been a routine rotation by Russian peacekeeping forces already operating in...
  • Georgia Offers Fresh Evidence on War’s Start

    09/15/2008 8:52:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 560+ views ^ | September 15, 2008 | DAN BILEFSKY, C..J. CHIVERS, THOM SHANKER and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ
    Georgia has released intercepted telephone calls purporting to show that part of a Russian armored regiment crossed into the separatist enclave of South Ossetia nearly a full day before Georgia’s attack on the capital, Tskhinvali, late on Aug. 7. ... The back and forth over who started the war is already an issue in the American presidential race, with Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the Republican vice presidential candidate, contending that Russia’s incursion into Georgia was “unprovoked,” while others argue that Georgia’s shelling of Tskhinvali was provocation. Georgia claims that its main evidence — two of several calls secretly recorded...
  • EU must not repeat Kosovo mistake

    14 September 2008 | 13:50 | Source: Tanjug TURIN -- Former Spanish PM Jose Maria Aznar urged Brussels to tread carefully in the Caucasus. "In the case of South Ossetia and Abkhasia, the European Union must not repeat the mistake it made with Kosovo," Aznar said in Turin on Saturday. "The violation of Serbia's territorial integrity on the grounds of ethnic criteria was a serious mistake," Aznar, who heads the Spanish Foundation for Social Studies and Analyses, told an international conference and added that as a result, Russia had been brought into a good position to support the independence of...
  • Rebel Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher backs Russia over Georgia

    09/13/2008 2:37:04 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 36 replies · 325+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/13/2008
    A rebel US Republican congressman has sided with Russia in its invasion of and brief war with Georgia, putting himself at odds with the Bush administration and politicians of both parties. "The Russians were right; we're wrong," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said at a hearing of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. "The Georgians started it; the Russians ended it," he added. Mr Rohrabacher claimed that unidentified intelligence sources had assured him that Georgia started the fighting that began on August 7 when Georgia's military tried to re-establish control over its breakaway, pro-Russian province of South Ossetia. Russia joined the...
  • It's the goody-goodies who frighten me most

    09/13/2008 3:34:15 AM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 157+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-09-13 | George Jonas
    'In the grim present, humanitarian intervention feels like an idea whose time has come and gone," laments Michael Ignatieff in a review-essay in the current issue of The New Republic. Mr. Ignatieff may be right. I regret that being right alarms him. It reassures me. The birth of organizations such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a UN-sponsored conference in Rome alarmed me much more 10 years ago. This was around the days when, in Mr Ignatieff's words, "the idea that all states have a 'responsibility to protect' civilians at risk of ethnic cleansing or massacre in other states...
  • Georgia attack is 'Russia's 9/11'

    09/12/2008 8:43:15 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 186+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12 September 2008
    Georgia attack is 'Russia's 9/11' Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has described Georgia's assault on South Ossetia as Russia's 9/11. He said the world had learnt lessons from the attacks in the US on 11 September 2001 and hoped the same would happen after events in the Caucasus. Reports say Russian troops are showing signs of preparing to pull back from inside Georgia. This is in line with a ceasefire deal brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday. However, a Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman cast doubt on the preparations, saying: "There has been no sign of a withdrawal." 'Changed world'...
  • Chechen President Says U.S. Fomenting Caucasus Unrest

    09/11/2008 1:01:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 298+ views ^ | 12 September 2008
    GROZNY -- Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has accused the United States of fomenting unrest in the Caucasus and emboldening Georgia to launch an attack on South Ossetia. Speaking to members of the Valdai Discussion Club at his residence near Grozny, he said Russia's crushing defeat of Georgian troops in their brief war was the appropriate response. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili "was dancing to someone else's tune," Kadyrov said during the one-hour briefing. "He started a war, an inhuman war. ... The United States was testing Russia through Georgia, and Russia reacted decisively." He backed Moscow's recognition of South Ossetia and...
  • 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...
  • South Ossetia May Intend to Join RF(Russia will absorb S. Ossetia)

    09/11/2008 5:14:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 199+ views
    Kommersant ^ | 09/11/08
    South Ossetia May Intend to Join RF South Ossetia intends to become part of Russia, the republic’s president, Eduard Kokoity, told the international Valdai Club. “We do not intend to make an independent Ossetia,” Kokoity said. Rather, he explained, South Ossetia will unite with North Ossetia. Kokoity stated that the West promised to recognize an independent Tskhinvali, if an independent Ossetia was created from the North, which is part of Russia, and the South. “Western experts, political scientists, proposed that we convince North Ossetia to secede from Russia. They promised recognition before Kosovo,” Kokoity said. He did not answer a...
  • Georgia crisis: Nicolas Sarkozy hails breakthrough in talks with Russia

    09/08/2008 9:27:27 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies · 321+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/9/2008 | Adrian Blomfield at Meiendorf Castle and Matthew Day
    Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has hailed a "momentous" breakthrough after securing a pledge from Russia to withdraw its troops from undisputed Georgian territory within a month. President Nicolas Sarkozy in conversation with President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday Although the Kremlin has repeatedly appeared to flout the terms of an earlier ceasefire deal brokered by Mr Sarkozy, the French leader said he was hopeful that this time Russia would keep its word. France is taking a lead role in talks as it currently holds the presidency of the European Union. But even as Mr Sarkozy and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev,...
  • Russians 'agree Georgia deadline'

    09/08/2008 10:15:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 1 replies · 108+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 8, 2008
    Russia has conditionally agreed to remove its forces from Georgian land - excluding Abkhazia and South Ossetia - by the second week of October. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the pull-out would happen once 200 EU monitors deployed to South Ossetia. Speaking after meeting French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Mr Medvedev said the withdrawal was dependent on guarantees that Georgia would not use force again. But he made no mention of withdrawing troops from South Ossetia or Abkhazia. And he defended Russia's controversial decision to recognise the independence of both breakaway regions, saying the move was "irrevocable". Criticism of US Among...
  • Cold Warriors and the Georgian Crisis

    09/06/2008 8:17:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 180+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 06, 2008 | Tony George
    Russia's bait and switch plan using South Ossetia militiamen to goad the Georgian Army into an ill-advised attack and then ride to the rescue of its newly minted Russian citizens, was a masterful operation using all of the tools in the combined arms and services toolbox.  And while there will be no new Cold War, the Russian offensive into Georgia has revealed that despite our individual unit superiority, our military is no longer the global hyper-power as touted by the Pentagon's PR machine.  Russia went into Georgia to accomplish its regional goals simply because Putin realized that a weakened West...
  • Jordan, Russia: Moscow thanks Amman for relief aid to South Ossetia

    09/05/2008 11:54:57 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 99+ views
    Monday Morning ^ | September 05, 2008
    President Dimitri Medvedev has thanked Jordan’s King Abdallah II for offering humanitarian aid to South Ossetia, a separatist region of Georgia where fighting broke out last month. Medvedev held talks with the king at the Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 24 -- their third meeting over the past six months -- to discuss a wide range of issues from the situation in the Middle East to economic cooperation. “I want to separately thank you for your offer of humanitarian aid to South Ossetia following what happened in the region”, Medvedev said at the beginning of the meeting, broadcast...
  • War splits Orthodox churches in Russia and Georgia

    09/05/2008 11:28:33 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 234+ views ^ | September 5, 2008 | Sophia Kishkovsky
    "What these events show is the collapse of the myth of unity of Orthodox peoples and the collapse of the myth of the supreme peacemaking ability of Orthodox civilization..." .... Georgia has fewer than five million people, but is one of the most ancient Christian countries in the world. Its church dates back to the fourth century, far outpacing the Russian church, which dates its founding to the Baptism of Rus in 988, when Prince Vladimir of Kiev brought Orthodoxy to the banks of the Dnieper River. ... "This is a very complicated and long history of relationship between the...
  • Destroying Democracy

    09/05/2008 1:09:30 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 237+ views
    Forbes ^ | 9/4/2008 | Melik Kaylan
    I was in Tbilisi recently to report on the Russian anschluss into Georgia. You must not expect me to be impartial on the matter. I have visited Georgia four times in as many years and witnessed the country's self-transformation after its Rose Revolution. It went from two centuries of asphyxiating "protection" by Russia, followed by a post-Soviet decade of mafiotic corruption, to a kind of light unto nations under its young president, Mikheil Saakashvili. No doubt all that was provocation enough for Moscow. Even before the war began in early August, the Russians had prevailed on Georgia's Abkhaz and South...
  • Recognition a Lonely Exercise for Moscow

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

    09/04/2008 5:01:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 175+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 4, 2008
    Nicaragua has recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, backing the Russian stance on the breakaway Georgian regions and siding with other leftist Latin American countries to defy Washington. The Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla leader who had close ties to Moscow during the Cold War, has criticized the Georgian attempt to regain control of South Ossetia and supported the counterattack by Russia. Venezuela and Cuba have sided with Russia in the dispute, but Ortega went further in fully recognizing the regions' independence. "The government of Nicaragua recognizes the independence of the republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and...
  • 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...