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SCO supports Russia’s role in S. Ossetia

Posted by smeddum on August 28, 2008

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NATO divided over Georgian conflict

Posted by seumasach on August 28, 2008

Yusuf Fernandez

Press TV, Madrid

27th August, 2008

Georgian tanks near Tskinvali on August 8
On August 19, NATO foreign ministers convened in Brussels to discuss the Georgia crisis, following intense pressure from the US. The final declaration accused Russia of using “disproportionate” military force and “deliberately destructing civilian infrastructure”, but said nothing about the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia that began on August 8 and initiated the conflict.

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Georgia is the graveyard of America’s unipolar world

Posted by smeddum on August 28, 2008

Russia’s defiance in the Caucasus has brought down the curtain on Bush senior’s new world order – not before time

Seumas Milne
The Guardian, Thursday August 28 2008

If there were any doubt that the rules of the international game have changed for good, the events of the past few days should have dispelled it. On Monday, President Bush demanded that Russia’s leaders reject their parliament’s appeal to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Within 24 hours, Bush had his response: President Medvedev announced Russia’s recognition of the two contested Georgian enclaves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why was Cheney’s guy in Georgia before the war?

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2008

LA Times blogs

James Gerstenzang

What was a top national security aide to Vice President Dick Cheney doing in Georgia shortly before Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s troops engaged in what became a disastrous fight with South Ossetian rebels — and then Russian troops?

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France fears war over Georgia

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2008

ABC Australia

27th August, 2008

AFP

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has told French television that: “We fear a war and we don’t want one.”

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Russian threat to NATO supply route in Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2008

Jeremy Page

Times

26th, 2008

Russia played a trump card in its strategic poker game with the West yesterday by threatening to suspend an agreement allowing Nato to take supplies and equipment to Afghanistan through Russia and Central Asia.

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US military delivers Georgia aid

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2008

 

Saun Walker

Independent

Tblisi

24th August, 2008

The US military came within 60 miles of the Russian army yesterday in Georgia as an American warship arrived in the Black Sea port of Batumi to deliver humanitarian aid to the embattled Caucasus country.

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O’Reilly: Far-left crowd may spell defeat for Obama in November

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2008

This article seems to confirm how advantageous the Georgia debacle has been to the McCain camp. In one fell swoop the Republicans have stolen the Democrat agenda, torpedoed it and left the wrong-footed Obama camp looking whimpish as McCain beats the war drums. US foreign policy may be in total disarray but all that matters to the Republicans is to hold power come by hook or by crook. A 5% lead in the polls plus a bit of electoral high-jinks should be enough to see them through.

Bill O’Reiily

Ventura County Star

23rd August, 2008

If Barack Obama somehow loses the presidential race, he might partially blame Vlad “the Assailer” Putin. Since Russia invaded Georgia, the world’s attention has been focused on NATO’s response to the brutality. On balance, the response has been tepid, to say the least. President Bush says Russia better get out.

Or what?

Obama is calling for “restraint by both sides.” Swell. Asking Vladimir Putin to restrain his violent tactics is like asking al-Qaida to celebrate Christmas — not gonna happen.

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NATO confirms Georgia will join Alliance

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2008

     TBILISI.  Aug  22  (Interfax)  -  Georgia will become a NATO member
eventually  and  the  country  is  on  a  path  to being included in the
Membership  Action Plan (MAP), a program to help nations seeking to join
the North Atlantic alliance, a senior NATO envoy confirmed on Friday.
     Robert  Simmons,  NATO  special representative for the Caucasus and
Central  Asia,  who  made the announcement at a briefing in Tbilisi, did
not say when MAP would be extended to Georgia.

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Russia says NATO needs its help on Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2008


 

Oleg Shchedrov

Uruknet

21st August, 2008

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign minister told NATO on Thursday that both sides benefited from joint cooperation and he pointedly raised the issue of Russian transit support for Alliance forces in Afghanistan.

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Arab Regimes Cautious, Public Eager for Rising Russia

Posted by seumasach on August 21, 2008

“In an interview with London’s Guardian on Saturday, Gul[Turkish President] said: “I don’t think you can control all the world from one center. There are big nations. There are huge populations. There is unbelievable economic development in some parts of the world. So what we have to do is, instead of unilateral actions, act all together, make common decisions and have consultations with the world. A new world order … should emerge.””

Sana Abdallah

Middle East Times

19th August, 2008

AMMAN — Arab leaders are closely and quietly watching the unfolding military conflict between Russia and Georgia, while considering its political repercussions on the global scene and potential impact on the volatile Middle East. The Arab street, meanwhile, is openly backing a resurgent Russia and hopes to see the end of a Washington-centered unipolar world.

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