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Georgia Accuses Russia Of Coup Attempt

From the Agence France-Pressee:

Georgia troop mutiny ends, Tbilisi accuses Russia

by Michael Mainville

TBILISI (AFP) – Georgia said on Tuesday it had peacefully put down a mutiny at a military base on the eve of NATO exercises in the former Soviet republic and accused Russia of backing an armed coup.

Russia dismissed the accusation as "insane" and Georgia’s political opposition accused President Mikheil Saakashvili of staging the rebellion in an effort to distract from domestic political instability.

A tank battalion at the Mukhrovani base just outside Tbilisi staged the uprising, officials said, which ended after Saakashvili and his interior minister arrived at the base

The accusations of Russian involvement reignited diplomatic tensions which have remained high since a five-day war between the neighbours last August.

Defence Minister David Sikharulidze said the "rebellion" was aimed at "disrupting NATO exercises and overturning the authorities militarily."

The interior ministry said it had uncovered a plot for an "armed uprising" among defence ministry units and that Russia was involved.

"The plan was coordinated with Russia, at a minimum to disrupt NATO military exercises and at a maximum to organise a large-scale military rebellion in Georgia," the interior ministry spokesman said.

"We have information that the rebels were in direct contact with Russians, that they were receiving orders from them, that they were receiving money from them."

Utiashvili said two suspects had been arrested. One of the suspects also claimed there was a plot to assassinate Saakashvili, he said, but there was no evidence to back up that claim.

"The plan was to stage a large-scale mutiny in Tbilisi and to take steps against the sovereignty of Georgia and Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration," Saakashvili said in a televised address before leaving for the base

Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told the Interfax news agency that the accusations against Moscow were "insane".

"We have slowly grown accustomed to insane accusations from Georgia’s political and military leaders," he said. "What is taking place now is the total collapse of the Georgian army and the Georgian state." …

Can there be any doubt that the Russians have been instigating this?

Isn’t it as plain as day to anyone who is not currently in the Obama administration?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Georgia Accuses Russia Of Coup Attempt”

  1. proreason says:

    Dear Leader is infinitely objective and thoughful.

    He will assess all of the information and take a forceful position to protect US interests.

    Either that or make 3 statements on 3 sides of the issue and wait for something else to happen so he can claim to have influenced the result.

  2. DoctorRock says:

    Dear Leader is a shallow politico, and the Russians are looking for an opportunity to stick it to us good. I’m sure our readers remember that the Clintons so prized diversity that they halted operations over Iraq during Ramadan. But the only reason anyone may remember the same Clintons bombing Belgrade during Easter week is because they accidentally hit the Chinese Embassy. The Hierarch of the Orthodox Church repeatedly begged the Clintons to stop the bombing, if only for Holy Week. Apparently some religions are more diverse than others. The Russians being Orthodox Christians don’t think much of our Secretary of State. For those of you who missed it, the Israelis on April 18th had a shot at destroying the Iranian Air Force on the ground. One hundred-forty aircraft were parked on a field outside Tehran in preparation for Iranian Army Day, and the Israelis were just waiting for sundown.
    That is until the Russians called to say they were picking up on a lot of IDF activity and how it might be a good idea to hide those planes in the mountains. It wouldn’t have hurt the Russians to see the Iranian Air Force destroyed, in fact they could’ve taken orders the next day for another 140 planes. But they don’t like Hillary and more than we do. And it’s starting to show.

  3. Weasel says:

    Hey everybody, just calm down, nothing to worry about here. If we don’t like how this turns out, we can just hit the “reset” button…

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