NATO is to start a series of military exercises in Georgia, a day after the government thwarted an attempt by its own soldiers to stage a mutiny.
Soldiers from 18 countries are taking part in the drills at a Georgian army base close to the capital, Tbilisi. But Russia has said the exercises amount to a provocation. They come just nine months after Russia’s short war with Georgia and are taking place close to areas where Russian troops are stationed.
Are Georgian’s try to find another change to play their games with Russia again using NATO this time?
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the US of provoking the conflict in Georgia, possibly for domestic election purposes.
Mr. Putin told CNN US citizens were “in the area” during the conflict over South Ossetia and were “taking direct orders from their leaders”. He said his defense officials had told him the provocation was to benefit one of the US presidential candidates. The White House dismissed the allegations as “not rational”.
And of course US blames Russia for …Kosovo!!!
NATO foreign ministers have said there will be “no business as usual” with Russia, as they urged Moscow to pull its troops out of Georgia immediately. The declaration followed emergency talks in Brussels about the conflict with Georgia over its breakaway region of South Ossetia.
Some Russian troops have been seen leaving the Georgian town of Gori. But Georgia’s interior ministry dismissed the move as a “show aimed at creating the illusion of a withdrawal”.
Are they serious or they are joking? How do they mean this …no business as usual? What was ever …usual in the relationship between NATO and Russia?
FYROM is holding a snap general election called after Greece vetoed the ex-Yugoslav republic’s attempt to join NATO because of its name and with the fear of the Albanians.
Macedonia is the name of a Greek region and history resents a perceived and based on lies attempt to claim the heritage of Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great. The country’s ruling coalition is also divided over recognizing Kosovo as an independent state.
Around a quarter of the population are ethnic Albanians like most of Kosovo. The centre-right coalition also wants to speed up reforms. Sunday’s vote could determine whether FYROM joins both NATO and the European Union, most of which did recognize Kosovo when it declared independence in February.
About time to leave all the hysterical past and try to work in a better future because FYROM has no time to spare and only one chance to prove that it is a modern democratic state!
Democracy, Presidential Election and the Lobby: Part 1 The first in a three-part analysis of democracy, the US presidential election and the Lobby.
Every time there is something on the news about funny situations between America and the eastern front, I remember an old poem by the Greek poet Kavafis entitled “Waiting for the barbarians”.
Caption This! May 2008
It is simple. Look at this photo of London’s new mayor Boris Johnson and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.
Romania has been an EU member since January 1, 2007, it has the ninth largest territory in the EU and has 22 million people, but more importantly it receives another Euro Report today.
A Georgian former defense minister convicted of extortion in his home country has been granted asylum in France, his lawyer has said.
Irakli Okruashvili, a prominent critic of the Georgian president, insists the charges were politically motivated. His lawyer said France had been “receptive” to his appeal for political asylum in the country. Okruashvili, dismissed from office in 2006, was sentenced in absentia in Georgia to 11 years in prison in March.
Let me see, Georgia is a candidate country for the NATO? So we had FYROM and Georgia two …democracies for a militarist union, somehow you feel grateful there is the veto!
US President George W Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin have signed a framework agreement but said they had made no breakthrough on differences.
Mr. Putin said Russia remained opposed to US missile defense plans in Europe, but there were “positive developments”. Mr. Bush said there was still work to do to persuade Moscow that the system was not aimed at Russia. Their farewell meeting, in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, came a month
Before Mr. Putin was due to stand down.
Russian President-elect Dmitry Medvedev also met Mr. Bush, saying he hoped to continue advancing Russia-US relations.
Both are together for the last time and both are not going to be president’s by the end of the year …one is going to be strong and return in presidents soon the other will be forgotten or better remembered as the worst example!