Medvedev talks "Recognition" to CNN video
Russia's president sat down with CNN's Matthew Chance to explain Russia's recognition of Georgia's breakaway provinces.
Russia recognizes independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Russia recognizes the independence of the breakaway Caucasus Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The President Dimitri Medwedjew informed public after a meeting of the Security Council.
Sarkozy ordered a crisis summit for the European Union
member states September 1st. source: Elysee
US Ambassador John Beyrle in Moscow
US concedes Kremlin’s first military response in Georgia was “legitimate”
The US ambassador to Moscow, endorsing Russia's initial moves in Georgia, described the Kremlin's first military response as legitimate after Russian troops came under attack.
Ambassador Beyrle: US warned Georgia about invasion
The U.S. ambassador to Russia has told a Russian daily that Washington strongly urged Georgia not to invade its breakaway province of South Ossetia.
source: Harald Tribune Europe
Georgia Russia says withdrawal complete BBC-VIDEO
Russia says it has fulfilled a pledge to withdraw its combat troops from Georgia in line with a ceasefire deal. But Moscow says it intends to maintain a peacekeeping presence of 2,500 troops in "buffer zones" around the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The World Bank announced meanwhile sending a team of experts to Georgia, investigating the economic impact of the conflict with Russia. In Talks with the Georgian government worldbank ready to prevent poverty and to promote the prosperity.Russia ready to pledge $22 million for reconstruction.
The French ambassador Jean-Pierre Lacroix, most council members wanted a united resolution. According to French diplomat, the present UN draft will be replaced by the Russian proposal with additonal reference to the territorial integrity of Georgia. (The U.S. could not support Moscow's original draft) Bush calls on Russia to end the "blockade".The resolution"II", could be followod by a peace monitor group UN-EU-OSCE.
"We said, 'do not make it'" (US NATO ambassador)
From the USA, new statements about the outbreak of fighting two weeks ago: According to its NATO ambassador the US warned Georgia several times before invasion of South Ossetia. The government in Washington warned Saakashvili even on the day before he started the offensive, saying that there is no military solution in the conflict there, said the NATO representative of the United States, Kurt Volker. "We said, 'does not make it, don't get into a military conflict, that is not in your interest, ' "Volker said during a visit by the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs. source: norvegian institute Int'l affairs
The norvegian defense ministry, Heidi Langvik-Hansen got a call from the russian defense ministry freezing relationships to NATO, no common actions, signed declaration will follow next days. This means cold war, thank you Condi Rice, zero-diplomacy. Russia will promote it's own proposal for UN resolution. US troops to retreat June-30-2009 from Irak. Troops will return home to US, no connection with Georgia war.
German resistance against cold war "Fire cracker wall Poland":
Giudo Westerwelle, head of german liberals called the the german government to launch the Initiative to stop the coldwar installation of US missiles at the german border of Poland. In case of nuclear accident Dresde, Berlin both cities finished. He said this is not a private "thing" between Poland and US, endangering german borders. Explainer: Britannica Online Polish–German border devised by the Allied powers at the end of World War II;....................thereby endangering the possibilities of a long-lasting peace. ...Oder-Neisse Line
sources: The Australian; Aftenposten (norvegian newspaper)
Minsk/Brest-Litovsk Belarus Moscow "Fire cracker wall"
Russian president Medvedev and Alexander Lukaschenko Belarus will sign in automn a missile defence system installed at the polish boarder, probably Brest-Litovsk to complete the new "Fire cracker wall" in central Europe initiated by signature of Condi Rice with excellent knowledge, "how to blow up Central europe". The european Union must start to defend it's boarders, by downgrading vulnerable members like Poland, to trigger world war II situations with the "CIA bridge club". Europeans will live in peace after 54 million victims during world war II. So all others ( both sides) put your Fire crackers in your home country, make war at home; here is no place. The "fire cracker wall" will be a permanent threat to all European capital cities, victims of double nervous US/RUSSIA pulling the trigger for their interests, no protection at all, chaos,,,,,
Troops, UN, Elysee peace plan
Russian president Medvedev informed EU-French president Sarkozy by phone, that russian troops will retreat untill friday. A contingent of 500 soldiers will stay to secure the peace plan. Russia rejected the UN resolution as propaganda. Elysee told, Sarkozy and Medvedev agree peace plan must be executed.
NATO wild discussions, wrong signals:
Nato's decision yesterday to create a special consultative council for Georgia, and to suspend the one it has with Russia is a diplomatic trick. On the longterm the exclusion of the main player russia in it's home territory is nonsense. Security arrangments have to be decided collecticve in a region where millions of ethnic russians live. The old-fashioned power talk of Condi-Rice, the US being bounded to Irak, has the ability to spread the conflict, but NATO's ability to solve the conflict in the Caucasus is low. As german chancellor Angela Merkel told, NATO can not act out of itself in this conflict. French diplomacy focussing on flexible response has to pave the way for a balanced agreement for Europe-Russia "SUTHBEACH" area. US may be more engaged to restructure Pakistan nuclear power on the "EASTCOAST" of the area (southbeach, eastcoast are virtual terms used for popular politics explainer)
NATO summit reaction: Russian move tanks out vegetables in
Russia exchanges war prisoners with Georgia; no NATO
membership now for Georgia, as long as South-Ossetia unclear
Berlin-Paris preparing reconstruction, no NATO intervention
EU conference title on the way: "Reconstruction and stability in Georgia and Ossetia region." Tuesday NATO foreign minister conference. Nato meets as US demands EU allies apply sanctions.Washington is pressing its European allies to deliver initial sanctions against Russia by deciding today to freeze the six-year-old Nato-Russia council.
Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, arrived in Brussels for an emergency meeting of Nato foreign ministers at which the Americans are demanding that the alliance punishes Moscow for its operations in Georgia. Rice is also in Warsaw today for the formal signing ceremony between the US and Poland on missile defence, an act that will further inflame east-west hostility. source: yahoo
Putin to invest $22 mio in South-Ossetia 18:00 GMT
MOSCOW-Russia is ready to send specialists in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia to contribute to form a government, said Prime minister Vladimir Putin according to Russian news agencies. Putin also said that Russia will spend 540 million roubles ($22 million) drawn from its reserve fund to assist Russian nationals affected by the conflict. source yahoo (reuters)
Russia's reacts to potential Georgia NATO membership,
installing tactic SS21 missiles in South-Ossetia targeting Tbilisi. source: Lemonde
Update AUG-17 18:OO GMT
German chancellor Angelika Merkel meets Saakashvilli at Tbilisi, NATO membership possible, more tuesday NATO conference. Russians "secure" Hydro power plant "Inguri" west georgia. OSCE: South-Ossetia has to say a word to it's territory. Meeting monday at Vienna/Austria? OSCE will send 100 peace monitors to Georgia.
German chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Georgia on Sunday and meets Saakashvili.
The Russian message would be that "we need stable peace in the Caucasus" and that would be possible only with Russian "peacemakers" in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, he (Russia's ambassador to Germany, Vladimir Kotenev) said on ZDF television — "we are prepared to negotiate with Georgia about these plans, but not with Mr. Saakashvili.""We have a strategic partnership with Germany and we want to preserve it," Kotenev said. source: Herald Tribune Europe
The Russian commander of frontline forces in Georgia has told the BBC that a gradual withdrawal of Russian forces from Georgia is under way.
Maj Gen Vyacheslav Borisov said he had given the order for Russian soldiers to be replaced by peacekeepers.
A BBC correspondent said he saw Russian forces in position 35km (22 miles) from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on the road to Gori, close to South Ossetia.
Russia said it did not have a timetable for a full withdrawal from Gori.