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Vladimir Putin retaliated by cutting road, rail, air and sea links with Georgia

 
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Vladimir Putin retaliated by cutting road, rail, air and sea links with Georgia
[link to www.bloomberg.com]

Russian Army Chief Accuses Georgia of Concocting Missile Attack
By Michael Heath

Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Russia's military chief accused Georgia of fabricating a missile strike on Georgian territory to draw attention away from the demands for independence by two breakaway regions.

Georgia wants to raise tensions with Russia because it is concerned that independence for the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo may set an international precedent for South Ossetia and Abkhazia to become sovereign states, General Yuri Baluyevsky, chief of Russia's General Staff, said yesterday, state broadcaster Vesti reported.

``I am convinced that this was a provocation by Georgia,'' Baluyevsky said, Vesti reported on its Web site. ``It's a provocation against Russian peacemakers and Russia as a whole.''

Georgia has accused Russia of trying to destabilize the country and backing separatists in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The regions broke away during wars in the 1990s and have pro- Russian leaderships and Russian peacekeepers. President Mikheil Saakashvili has pledged to bring them back under central control.

The missile fell near the village of Tsitelubani close to South Ossetia and 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

Georgia said it has radar readings proving a missile fired by Russian Su-24 jets Aug. 6 was aimed at Georgian radar. The Russian missile missed its target because the Georgian military switched off the radar after it detected the violation of its airspace and the missile's launch, Georgian television channel Rustavi-2 television reported on its Web site.

Helicopter Attack

Georgia said in March that Russian helicopters fired on its territory in the Kodori Gorge, an area of Abkhazia still under the control of the government in Tbilisi.

``It seems that acts of aggression against Georgia are becoming a tendency, a very dangerous one,'' Georgia's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Irakli Chikovani said Aug. 8. The Caucasus country has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the violation.

Ties between Russia and Georgia have been strained since Saakashvili won power in Georgia's so-called Rose Revolution of 2003 and vowed to lead the former Soviet republic into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and away from Russia.

Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bezuashvili spoke by telephone yesterday with NATO's Deputy Secretary-General Alessandro Minuto Rizzo.

Bezuashvili told the NATO official that Georgia is creating an international expert group to verify the ``incontrovertible evidence'' of the attack gathered by the government in Tbilisi, according to a statement on the Foreign Ministry Web site.

Tensions between Russia and Georgia last rose in September, after the Caucasus country expelled four Russian soldiers for alleged espionage.

President Vladimir Putin retaliated by cutting road, rail, air and sea links with Georgia, a country of 4.6 million people that borders Russia and Turkey.
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Re: Vladimir Putin retaliated by cutting road, rail, air and sea links with Georgia
He is in a snit lately.

Maybe he is going through male menopause or something.

He just can't seem to get over his inner Soviet and KGB mentality.
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Re: Vladimir Putin retaliated by cutting road, rail, air and sea links with Georgia
Putin seems like the only sane leader now a days.
Fuck everything.
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Re: Vladimir Putin retaliated by cutting road, rail, air and sea links with Georgia
He just doen'nt like the idee of gettin surrounded.

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