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Shocker: Russia Not Honoring Cease-fire

From an approving CNN:

Dozens of refugees and activists yelling ‘Russia out” wave Georgia’s flag while marching towards a Russian check-point near Kaspi, on the road from Tbilisi to Gori on August 19, 2008.

NATO: Russia not honoring cease-fire terms

BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNN) — NATO has accused Russia of failing to honor the full terms of the cease-fire agreement brokered by the European Union last week aimed at ending the fighting in Georgia.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said on Tuesday that Russian forces were still inside Georgia despite the agreement to withdraw — and despite Moscow having said they had begun doing so on Monday.

“We do not see signals of this happening,” Scheffer said. “There can be no business as usual with Russia under the present circumstances.”

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said NATO’s accusations were “biased.”

Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of staff of Russia’s armed forces, said Tuesday that some troops remained in place to protect South Ossetia’s borders

However, at the same time Russian soldiers took 21 Georgian military police officers prisoner at the key port of Poti in western Georgia and Ap said they seized four American vehicles set to be returned to the U.S. following joint military exercises

Ministers said they were “seriously” considering the implications of Russia’s actions on the NATO-Russia relationship

“As long as Russian forces are basically occupying a large part of Georgia, I cannot see a NATO-Russia Council convene at whatever level,” Scheffer said…

Scheffer said NATO would set up a NATO-Georgian Commission to oversee Georgia’s relationship with the international alliance, supervise its bid to join the group and assist Tbilisi with support in the wake of the Russian invasion.

He said a team of 50 NATO staff would to go to Georgia to help assess needs of the Georgian military, help with air traffic resumption and assist in the investigation of cyber attacks…

The U.S. claims Russia is trying to undermine the government of Georgia’s pro-Western leader, Mikheil Saakashvili.

The Bush administration wants suspension of the whole spectrum of programs of cooperation between NATO and Russia. Britain and several former Soviet republics support this idea, but other countries — including France and Germany — are less inclined to isolate Russia that aggressively..

The United States wants Europe to cancel the many exchanges of personnel and postpone an EU-Russia summit scheduled for November, and is also pushing Europe to start lessening its energy dependence on Russia

But in reference to the photo at the top, where are the protesters? Where is Code Pink? Where is Cindy Sheehan, who says she is against all wars?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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