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>Russia Up To It’s Old Games of Shoot First and Denial

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Georgia accuses Russia of ‘aggression’ over drone shooting

TBILISI (AFP) — Russia’s pro-Kremlin media chastised Black Sea neighbour Georgia on Tuesday over claims by Tbilisi that Russia had shot down a Georgian spy plane over one of Georgia’s separatist territories.

“Georgia has again tried to shift the blame for its own internal headache onto the healthy. And once again it is Georgia’s military spearheading this campaign,” commented state newspaper Rossiyskaya GazetaThe Izvestia newspaper took a similar line, saying that “the Georgian authorities once again are blaming Moscow for all their misfortunes.”

Izvestia said there were inconsistencies in Georgia’s account, principally an early Georgian denial that one of its drones had been flying over Abkhazia.

The mass circulation tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda suggested Georgia had made up the accusation after Russia moved to partially lift an economic embargo on the neighboring state.

Georgia on Monday accused Russia of committing “an unprovoked act of aggression” after alleging that a Russian fighter jet shot down an unmanned Georgian aircraft over the weekend .Moscow immediately denied the claim and Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concern to his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili about Georgian military flights over the separatist region of Abkhazia.

In a nationally televised address, Saakashvili accused Russia of “an unprovoked act of aggression against the sovereign territory of Georgia.”

He said Georgia, a former Soviet republic, had verifiable evidence that a Russian MiG-29 had shot down a Georgian reconnaissance drone over Georgian territory on Sunday.

Georgia’s allegation came amid spiraling tensions between Moscow and Tbilisi over Russia’s support for rebel separatists in Abkhazia and another breakaway region, South Ossetia.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Tom Casey said the United States was “very concerned” and a senior US official said Washington believed Georgia’s claims.

“I think at the moment, it looks pretty clear that what the Georgians are saying is true,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Saakashvili said he had called Putin and during a “difficult conversation” demanded that Russia end its support for Georgian separatists and “stop attacks on Georgia.”

Russian Air Force Commander Alexander Drobyshevsky denied the attack, telling the Interfax news agency: “There were no flights on April 20, when the Georgian aircraft was gunned down. Air force pilots had a day off.”

The Kremlin said that during his conversation with Saakashvili, Putin had “expressed his perplexity over the fact that the Georgian side is organising military flights over the conflict zone.”

The Kremlin statement did not explicitly deny the incident had taken place.

Georgia initially denied reports Sunday that rebel forces in its breakaway region of Abkhazia had shot down an unmanned drone, with Georgian officials saying the country did not possess the type of plane. Abkhaz officials previously claimed to have shot down a Georgian reconnaissance drone on March 18.

But in a statement released late Monday, the Georgian government said that the Russian plane had “blasted a Georgian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Georgian airspace” while it was “conducting routine surveillance above the breakaway Georgian territory of Abkhazia.”

“Radar tracking and video transmitted from the UAV in the moments before its destruction confirm the details of the attack,” the statement said.

>Will It Be a 30-Year Occupation?

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Putin will not be an easy man to dislodge from Georgia. I got on one web site this morning and one of the bloggers was a kid who was criticizing John McCain for mentioning it was Putin’s war in Georgia, failing to mention President Medvedev. While Vladimir Putin is now the Prime Minister of Russia, titles don’t mean much to the former Communists. Putin controls more than half of the Russian Parliament. He had Medvedev installed as president, his old buddy and puppet.

These ideas of retracing the map back to pre-1991 have Putin’s aggressive imprimatur–they were his ideas, not Medvedev’s, who merely carries out his master’s plans. The blogging school kid incorrectly chided McCain on his lack of sophistication about the Russian hierarchy, not realizing the realities of Russian politics. Of course, the blogger was from Canada and not America.

It may be a long, long time before Putin sends his troops home and takes down those missile sites aimed at Tbilisi, Georgia

>Dick Morris’ Recipe For Ending The Conflict in Georgia Quickly

>August 11, 2008
Orlando–Just four days ago, on August 8, 2008–the day the Olympic Games began in Beijing–Russia invaded Georgia. Tonight, Georgian officials report the Russians have sliced through the country with its tanks, air power and ships at sea and have blockaded this tiny country, cutting it in half.

On Sunday, Ukraine warned Russia it could bar Russian navy ships from returning to their base in the Crimea because of their deployment to Geargia’s coast.

Georgian man, and others, protest before Russian embassy in Tbilisi while
we in the United States sit idly by holding our hands. President Bush has warned Russia of dire consequences if Russia does not withdraw immediately–that their invasions are not only illegal but barbarak, if not unpresidented, hearking back to Hitler’s invasion of Poland in October, 1937. At that time America and the entire free west did nothing. Here again, we do nothing except talk. “Send for the UN or NATO to sort it out. Work with the European Union. Don’t use force to stop force, and so on.”

It’s the same old sorry story. But tonight Dick Morris on the Shawn Hannity TV Show, Hannity and Colmes, had the answer, perhaps the only way the U.S. can get Putin to pull back his forces immediately, short of starting World War III and dropping atomic bombs. It is to tell Putin that either he withdraws back into his own country immediately or the U.S. on Tuesday will sponsor and assure the inclusion of Ukraine in NATO–something Russia dreads happening.

Morris suggested we could assure Putin that as long as he withdraws immediately–not tomorrow or in two weeks, but today–and makes no more moves to recapture the lost, now independent, countries encircling Russia, that we will promise never to include Ukraine in NATO.
Will it work? I don’t know, but Mr. Bush, it’s worth a try. Action speaks louder than words. And the sooner the better! Meaning now! Early on Obama told both sides to use “restraint,” while McCain accurately predicted that this was an all-out invasion and we should resist it. Typical appeasment attitude of the Obama man.