If there were any doubt that the rules of the international game have changed for good, the events of the past few days should have dispelled it. On Monday, President Bush demanded that Russia’s leaders reject their parliament’s appeal to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Within 24 hours, Bush had his response: President Medvedev announced Russia’s recognition of the two contested Georgian enclaves.
The American people should be eternally grateful to Old Europe for having spiked the Bush-McCain plan to bring Georgia into NATO.
Had Georgia been in NATO when Mikheil Saakashvili invaded South Ossetia, we would be eyeball to eyeball with Russia, facing war in the Caucasus, where Moscow’s superiority is as great as U.S. superiority in the Caribbean during the Cuban missile crisis.
THE psychodrama playing out in the Caucasus is not the first act of World War III, as some hyperventilating politicians and commentators would like to portray it. Rather, it is the delayed final act of the cold war. And while the Soviet Union lost that epic conflict, Russia won this curtain call in a way that ensures Washington will have to take it far more seriously in the future.
Many people argue about the issue of “why did Georgian president Mikhail Sahakashvily invade South Ossia just before the Olympic games in Beijing?” But it is a big question whether the Georgian President takes decision by himself.
Actually if we observe the results of the invasion of the Georgian army into South Ossetia from the point of view of Georgian nationalist, then we will come to a conclusion that Sahakashvily is either a Russian agent or he has mental problems.
Under the approaching energy crisis, connected with the rapid rise in prices for oil and gas, as well as with economic recession in the West, the GUAM countries decided to revive their political activity, introducing a resolution on “frozen conflicts” into the UN. It was naturally done on the advice of Azerbaijan, which plays a key role in the organization thanks to its raw material resources. Georgia and Ukraine may serve as energy-transit countries, while Moldova… Things are a bit different with Moldova.
BATUMI, Georgia — Officials from Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova are in the Georgian city of Batumi for the first day of the two-day GUAM summit, with energy issues topping the agenda.
The regional grouping, which includes Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova, was founded in 1997 to foster cooperation between the former Soviet states and promote closer ties with the West.
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Pre-Election Armenia: Unrolling the “Orange” Scenario?
The current phase of Armenia’s election campaign has become most active in the past several months and is now close to its apex. For nearly a year the republic has been in a state of pre-election commotion (with a brief break in summer). The example of Ukraine’s early elections, when different branches of authority and insiders withstood one another, the political crises that permanently changed one another, clearly demonstrated what the genuine orchestrators of this “holiday of democracy” drove at. They aimed at splitting the society as best they could, provoking different groups to fight one another, enfeebling and discrediting institutes of state authority, and riding this wave trying to bring about a change in the foreign policy of the “experimented on “ country. Moreover, discourses of Ukraine’s potential NATO entry in 2009 are now hoary tales, and the West has stopped making special attempts to conceal the fact that the early parliamentary elections were a show aimed at dragging Ukraine into this Western military bloc.