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Russia stands by Georgia actions Monday, 1 September, 2008

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BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia stands by Georgia actions.

Welders repair a gas pipeline in Russia (archive image)

Russia supplies roughly a quarter of the EU’s natural gas

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said his decision to recognise Georgia’s breakaway regions as independent is irrevocable.

On the eve of a special EU summit on Georgia, he warned that Russia was ready to retaliate against any sanctions the EU might impose.

Germany and the UK have differed in tone over how the EU should proceed, with Berlin warning against escalation.

Moscow’s envoy to London said sanctions would hurt the EU more than Russia.

Ambassador Yuri Fedotov told the BBC that Russia did not want any further confrontation and was not seeking a new Cold War.

He was speaking after UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown called in a newspaper article for a fundamental review of relations with Russia to prevent further “Russian aggression”. (more…)

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Russia: US still looking for WMDs in Iraq? Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Russia: US still looking for WMDs in Iraq?.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin

Russia has slammed what it calls the UN Security Council’s hypocritical stance on the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin has accused the world body of adopting a double standard approach in dealing with the issue.

He said members of the Council are ignorant about the essence of the Caucasus conflict, Russia Today reported on Friday.

The remarks were made after a Thursday’s meeting of the Security Council during which the Western powers criticized Moscow’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“Russia violated the security zone patrolled by UN peacekeeping forces deployed by the UN Security Council,” said Alejandro Daniel Wolff, US Representative to the UN. “In Abkhazia, Russia is violating not only the territorial integrity of Georgia, but also the integrity of this Council.” (more…)

Georgia war for Obama, McCain Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Georgia war for Obama, McCain.

Putin: US created the conflict to benefit the candidates

John McCain and Barack Obama are making capital from the South Ossetia standoff which the US engineered for the competing candidates’ sake.

In a CNN interview, the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States of having opened the conflict in the region to help invigorate the US presidential race with a specific view to boost the chances of Sen. John McCain for the White House.
“The fact is that US citizens were indeed in the area in conflict during the hostilities…following direct orders from their leaders,” he added.
Putin’s stance is shared by the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin as well as several others of the Russian officials.
“It is hard to imagine that (Georgian President Mikheil) Saakashvili embarked on this risky venture without some sort of approval from the side of the United States,” he told Russia’s NTV television earlier in the month.
Wednesday in an interview with the Press TV, Russian Duma Deputy Sergei Markov also accused the Bush administration of serving McCain and Vice President Dick Cheney’s interests while claiming that the two US officials had started the Iraq war ‘without any real cause’.
He alleged that McCain was baiting Russia through criticism “because he is a crazy militant and wants war. It is ‘McCain paranoia”.
Putin’s revelations remarks, however, were attacked by the State Department deputy spokesman, Robert Wood and White House spokeswoman, Dana Perino who described the former Russian president’s comments as “patently false.” And though that is the official rejoinder, the history of this administration makes clear it has no compunction of lying through its teeth in the face of clear evidence.

Duma deputy warns of ‘McCain paranoia’ Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Duma deputy warns of ‘McCain paranoia’.

By Afshin Rattansi, Press TV, Tehran

The following is an exclusive Press TV interview with Russian Duma Deputy Sergei Markov on Russia’s recognition of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states:

Q: I noticed across the wires that the United States says Russia’s recognition is unacceptable.

A: I think now the United States’ administration work not for the United Stats’ interests but for the interest of Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Dick Cheney, who without any real cause started the war in Iraq and is ready to start a war with Iran. They want to create an impression of the cold war with Russia. From our point of view South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which have never in their entire history been a part of independent Georgia, have more right to independence than Kosovo. The United States imposed independence of Kosovo on Serbia. It was not a matter of vote. (more…)

NATO divided over Georgian conflict Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

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Press TV – NATO divided over Georgian conflict.
By Yusuf Fernandez, Press TV, Madrid

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.

THE AMERICAN VIEW

In recent weeks, the US political establishment has demanded that Russia be “taught a lesson”. American officials have called on NATO allies to punish Moscow for its military operations in Georgia. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned, “There need to be consequences for Moscow’s behavior.” Relations with Russia, which has had a partnership with NATO for more than a decade, will not be the same for years to come, he continued.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also stepped up her anti-Russia rhetoric. “We have to deny Russian strategic objectives, which are clearly to undermine Georgia’s democracy, to use its military capability to damage and in some cases destroy Georgian infrastructure and to try and weaken the Georgian state,” she said. “We are determined to deny them their strategic objective.” (more…)

Press TV – Israeli involvement in the Georgian-Russian war Sunday, 17 August, 2008

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Press TV – Israeli involvement in the Georgian-Russian war.

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 14:37:36 GMT
By Yusuf Fernandez, Press TV, Madrid

For seven years, Israeli companies have been helping the Georgian army to prepare itself for a war against Russia through arms deals, training infantry units and offering security advice, The Jerusalem Post recently claimed.

The war between Russia and Georgia has served to bring Israel’s intensive involvement in the Caucasus into the limelight.

“Israel’s defense industries have sold remote-piloted vehicles (RPVs) -one of which was shot down by Russian fighters in May-, automatic turrets for armored vehicles, antiaircraft systems, communication systems, shells and rocket to Georgias” the Post said.

The Moscow Times has reported that, according to Koba Liklikadze, an independent military expert based in Tbilisi, Israelis have also helped upgrade Soviet-designed Su-25 ground attack jets assembled in Georgia. Israel has been supplying Georgia with infantry weapons and electronics for artillery systems too.

According to the Post, the initiative to sell arms to Georgia was taken by a group of Georgian citizens who immigrated to Israel and became businessmen. (more…)

Americans ‘find body of Bigfoot’ Saturday, 16 August, 2008

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BBC NEWS | Americans ‘find body of Bigfoot’.

“Bigfoot’s” finders released pictures at a press conference

Two men in the US state of Georgia say they have found the body of a Bigfoot, the legendary ape-like creature that has been subject of decades of hoaxes.

Matt Whitton and Rick Dyer say they stumbled across the 2.3m-high (7ft 7in), 226kg (500 pound) corpse in a wood in the north of the state in June.

A photograph on the men’s website shows what appears to be the body of a large, hairy creature with an ape-like face.

Bigfoot experts reacted suspiciously to the men’s press conference claims. (more…)