Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: Now Russia's Not Happy ... Not With NATO ... Nor With Certain Others.

04 October 2006

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 expansion

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.
Then this snippet from the same story shows us something else Sergey says.

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.

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.

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.
Oh, what tangled webs may be being woven?

Wheels & deals? Within wheels & deals ?

Sometimes some folk simply have to wonder -- especially, certain cynical old Brits -- if you see what we're saying.

Eh? What?



Anonymous hick said...

International Instabilities r us. Ya think Brit?

2:36 am  
Blogger Spirit said...

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10:03 am  
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10:21 am  
Anonymous whoever said...

I think it's a meassure of all our first impressions whenever there's a whiff of unrest in so many different regions, that our #1 'usual suspect' is the US. Sometimes we're wrong of course, but not as often as we turn out to be right.

10:36 am  
Blogger bootlian said...

Aha. Does this sound like fightin' talk?

US 'cannot allow' nuclear N Korea

Pyongyang's nuclear plans have aroused anger in South Korea

The US will not accept a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons, a top US envoy has said, after Pyongyang announced plans for a nuclear test.
North Korea must choose either to have a future or to have nuclear weapons "but it cannot have them both", top US negotiator Christopher Hill said.

He did not specify how the US would respond if a nuclear test took place.

The US wants other countries to unite against the test plans, but talks at the UN have been inconclusive.

More at link.

10:46 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

How about we all decide that we cannot tolerate a USA armed with nuclear weapons and boycott the place and everything that comes out of it (except refugees!).

Afterall, it is the only country that has a documented history of using nuclear weapons. Of using nuclear weapons against civilians (with no military installations anywhere near the target zone).

If EVER there was a country that shouldn't be allowed to have them surely it is the Altered States of America.

11:39 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Folks, go read this blog-

Lawence of Cyberia

12:14 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

Yeah, I see what you're saying. All part of Rummy and Co's plan for replacing "Old" Europe with BushCo's vision of a "New" Europe.

3:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very interesting piece. Quite a coincidence that I flicked into your blog straight after reading "The Hope of the World" article on:

It seems the Bushcons have revived the Cold War, as well as all their other wars!

6:40 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Spy spat has a counterpunch
By M K Bhadrakumar
from the Asia Times

"Thus, Russian commentators saw last week's developments as falling within the overall context of Russian-American rivalry for influence on the territories of the former Soviet republics. They visualized that the US geopolitical objective was to force Russia out of the Caucasus as part of Washington's agenda of effecting the Atlantic integration of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, and, specifically, of replacing all traces of Russian military presence in any corner of the region through which the strategic Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and a future trans-Caspian pipeline run."

4:59 am  

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