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?
The Great Northern War (1700-1721) was a war in which the so-called Northern Alliance composed of Russia, Denmark-Norway, Poland-Lithuania and Saxony engaged Sweden to challenge them for the supremacy in the Baltic Sea.
The war ended with a defeat for Sweden in 1721, leaving Russia as the new major power in the Baltic Sea and a new important player in European politics.
The war began as a coordinated attack on Sweden by the coalition in February 12th 1700 and ended in 1721 with the Treaty of Nystad and the Stockholm treaties.
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?
Georgia has shown a footage which it says proves Russian troops are deploying heavy military hardware in the breakaway region of Abkhazia.
An interior ministry official in Tbilisi said the video footage was from an unmanned Georgian spy plane. He said it proved the Russians were a fighting force, not just peacekeepers. Moscow strongly denies the claim.
Tensions remain high between Moscow and Tbilisi over Abkhazia and another breakaway region, South Ossetia. The two territories are controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Last month, Russia moved hundreds of paratroopers into Abkhazia, insisting they were just peacekeepers.
Let’s see how the American administration will react!!!
The last remaining members of a Russian cult, who had barricaded themselves inside a cave, waiting for the end of the world, have come out.
The eight men and a woman left the cave reportedly overcome by the stench from the bodies of two people who had died. Thirty-five followers of self-declared prophet Pyotr Kuznetsov entered the cave, in the country’s central Penza region, last November.
They had threatened to blow themselves up if police tried to remove them. A local official quoted by Interfax news agency said the remaining members had decided to leave because there was a “threat of poisoning from toxic corpse fumes”. Reports of the two deaths emerged last month. One man who left the cave on 1 April said one member had died from fasting and the other of cancer.
Thirty-five cult members initially went into the cave, about 650km (400 miles) south-east of Moscow. Most emerged gradually, but a few remained inside defying police pleas to leave. The sect, who call themselves a devout splinter group of the Russian Orthodox Church, believes doomsday will occur this month.
Mr. Kuznetsov, who calls himself Father Pyotr, declared himself a prophet some years ago and has attracted followers in Russia and Belarus. He did not join his followers in the cave, and has been receiving treatment in a psychiatric clinic. He has been charged with setting up a religious organization associated with violence.
Isn’t it another sign on how dispirit people have become to believe just …anything!
Russia has ordered the expulsion of two military attaches from the American embassy in Moscow, US officials say.
The US state department said it would comply with the order although it objected to it. Two Russians have been expelled from Washington in recent months, one in November and the second on 22 April. The news comes as Russia conducts a transition of power with Vladimir Putin becoming prime minister and Dmitry Medvedev president.
The cold war continues!