Now Russia's Not Happy ... Not With NATO ... Nor With Certain Others.
So who the hell, we wonder, really is ruddy well happy right now?
Certainly not President Vladimir Putin and pals by the sound of it.
Have you heard or read about this?
Russia objects to NATO expansionThen this snippet from the same story shows us something else Sergey says.
Lavrov has linked the tension with Georgia to NATO influence
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has told Europe's democracy watchdog that there is no reason for NATO to expand further towards Russia.
Georgia's stated aim of joining NATO in 2008 is a major cause for concern for Russia and part of the current tension between Russia and Georgia, correspondents say.Hmm.
In July, US President George Bush voiced his support for Georgia's bid to become a NATO member, when he met Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili in Washington.
Mr Lavrov has implied there is a link between the US and NATO and Georgia's recent detention of four Russian army officers on accusations of spying.
Although the four have been released, Russia has imposed sanctions on Georgia. "The root cause of the situation is the consistent connivance on the part of some countries ...
Soviet spies, sanctions, NATO expansionism, the EU, the US and President Bush -- all strung together in the same story.
Sounds interesting, eh ?
So, read this relevant report.
Then see what you think of another recent and related piece, from which we clipped this quote.
Moscow has ignored a call from the EU to lift the transport and postal ban imposed on Georgia, and may go even further.Oh, what tangled webs may be being woven?
One possible new sanction is the adoption of a bill that would prevent Georgians living in Russia from sending money home.
Estimates vary but it is believed that at least one million Georgians - both Georgian and Russian citizens - currently live in Russia.
Georgia's own population is about five million, and many families depend on remittances sent by relatives from Russia.
Wheels & deals? Within wheels & deals ?
Sometimes some folk simply have to wonder -- especially, certain cynical old Brits -- if you see what we're saying.