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Erdogan Travels to Russia, Georgia for Talks

From Asbarez

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Russia and Georgia for talks over the conflict between the two countries, a statement from his press office said on Wednesday.

It said that he will meet with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow later Wednesday and with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi on Thursday.

“We believe the prime minister’s trips to Moscow and Tbilisi will contribute to securing a climate of sustainable peace and stability in the region,” the statement said.

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100 year old Armenian Newspaper Predicts the Future, Reports on Developing Conflict in Georgia Months in Advance


On the eve of its 100th anniversary, Asbarez Armenian Newspaper has been providing late breaking news on the developing conflict in Georgia. Many saw the eruption of fighting in Georgia as a surprise, way out of left field. But not the readers of Asbarez.

As the conflict, sparked by a Georgian surprise attack on South Ossetia, worsened and Russia responded by entering Georgia under the auspices of protecting its national security and its citizens–the South Ossetians–the Western Press quickly began forgetting how “Russia’s all out war” with Georgia actually began. The conflict, termed as an almost imperial war by hired lobbyists and the western media, began being reported as one started by a violent and hungry bear striking to eat up a helpless democracy. Russia, was not violent, or hungry, it was cunning, and calculating.

By the fifth day of conflict, Russia had secured South Ossetia from the Georgians. In no time, Moscow brought the Georgian military to its knees and effectively neutralized the state by advancing into central Georgia, logistically splitting the country in half. Trapped in a de facto blockade, with Abkhazi forces advancing from the west and its own military forces demolished and on the run, Georgia’s wild car western puppet of a president found himself alone. The champion of capitalism and democracy in the Caucasus, whose election was secured by tear gas and baton, was left with nothing but empty US Rhetoric, as the paper tiger was unable to respond.

NATO said they would be there, standing right behind him. Along with grand promises, the US had been sending to Georgia  weapons, military experts, pentagon officials, and private mercenaries. But in the end, the US was left militarily and diplomatically crippled, as it had wasted all its chips in two failed wars of occupation.

In the end, Russia showed the world it was back and tired of NATO encroachment on its borders. A nation full of Chess players finished with fineness a brilliant move, long in the making. The check delivered by the US in Kosovo was met met with a checkmate in Georgia, as Moscow showed the world that the balance of power in the region has in fact shifted.

What happened in Georgia should not have come as a surprise, but it did–well at least for those who don’t read the Asbarez. On April 4, 2008 Asbarez reported that Russia’s President Vladymir Putin said that it saw NATO’s ongoing encroachment into its periphery as a direct threat and Russia and warned that it would support South Ossetia and Abkhazia in the face of Georgian hostility.

What’s the moral of the story? The world is unpredictable and anything can happen. Why be left caught off guard. Be up to date with what’s happened, is happening, and might happen, in Armenia and the world, visit asbarez.com or subscribing to the Asbarez Post by clicking here.

Putin Says Russia Will Support Georgia’s Breakaway Region

Moscow (Combined Sources)–Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia will provide all necessary support and assistance to Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Georgia is seeking to regain control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which proclaimed independence after the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991. Tbilisi accuses Moscow of encouraging separatism and interfering in its internal affairs.
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Putin Friday called the further expansion of NATO toward Russia’s frontiers a “direct threat,” one day after the alliance took a step toward embracing two former Soviet republics, Ukraine and Georgia.

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“The appearance of a powerful military bloc on our borders will be taken by Russia as a direct threat to the security of our country,” Putin told reporters after meeting the 26 leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Bucharest Friday.
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Pressed by President George W. Bush, NATO vowed at the summit to take in Ukraine and Georgia some day, while leaving the timetable open and arguing that Russia would benefit from having stable, western-backed democracies as neighbors
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