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S.Ossetia's & Abkhazia's independence: World became
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 09:13
Russia neither fears nor seeks Cold War II - Medvedev
13:45 GMT, Aug 26, 2008

SOCHI, Russia. Aug 26 (Interfax) - Russia neither fears nor seeks a
new Cold War but it depends on the West whether a second such war will
break out or not, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.

Medvedev, who was speaking to Russia Today television, also said
that, if the West wants a good relationship with   Russia, it will
understand Moscow's decision to recognize the independence of South
Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Medvedev signed a decree to recognize the two breakaway Georgian
regions' independence on Tuesday.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 09:34
Abkhazia ready to sign friendship, military agreement with Russia - Bagapsh
14:43 GMT, Aug 26, 2008

SUKHUMI. Aug 26 (Interfax) - Abkhazia is ready to sign a friendship
agreement with Russia, said Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh.

"We are ready to sign the friendship agreement with Russia, as well
as military agreements," Bagapsh told Interfax on Tuesday.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 09:36
Belarusian opposition criticizes Russian policy on Abkhazia, S.Ossetia
15:13 GMT, Aug 26, 2008

MINSK. Aug 26 (Interfax) - Belarusian United Civil Party leader
Anatoly Lebedko has said he is skeptical about Russia's recognition of
the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"I strongly disapprove of the parade of sovereignties both in the
post-Soviet area and   worldwide. It is always followed by a increased
level of risks and threats, which we have already observed with you on
many occasions. And what we are seeing now is the escalation of the
situation on the whole post-Soviet area," he told Interfax by phone.

For his part, leader of Hramada (the Belarusian Social Democratic
Party) Stanislav   Shushkevich   told   Interfax that the current situation
"is very dangerous primarily for Russia as it sets a very bad
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 09:38
Medvedev asks West not to start row with Russia over S. Ossetia,Abkhazia
15:39 GMT, Aug 26, 2008

SOCHI. Aug 26 (Interfax) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has
urged Western countries not to inflate a new conflict with Russia over
the events surrounding South Ossetia and Abkhazia and has confirmed
Russia's willingness to hold a dialogue with Western partners on the
missile defense issue.

"As for the relations around Georgia's conflict with South Ossetia
and its previous conflict with Abkhazia, everything is the hands of the
West, as long as it does not fan a new conflict from it. With a
pragmatic approach, everything will be alright," Medvedev told CNN on

Russia continues missile defense talks with its Western partners in
"calm and constructive manner," he said.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 09:45
Russia pushed by Georgia towards recognition of S.Ossetia, Abkhazia -Russian Foreign Ministry
16:54 GMT, Aug 26, 2008

MOSCOW. Aug 26 (Interfax) - Russia has recognized the independence
of Abkhazia and South Ossetia because it is responsible for the survival
of those nations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Russia has recognized the independence of South Ossetia and
Abkhazia, being aware of its responsibility for the survival of its
fraternal nations in the face of Tbilisi's aggressive, chauvinistic
course," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its
website on Tuesday.

"By his aggressive attack against South Ossetia in the early hours
of August 8, 2008, which claimed many lives, including among
peacekeepers and other Russian citizens, and by preparing a similar
operation against Abkhazia, Mikheil Saakashvili has himself given up on
Georgia's territorial integrity," the ministry said.

"By constantly using military force against the people whom he says
he wants to see as part of his country, Saakashvili has not left them
any other choice but to secure their safety and the right to existence
through self-determination as independent states," the statement said.

"It is unlikely that Saakasvhili was unaware of what would be the
consequences for Georgia of the attempt to use force to solve the South
Ossetian and Abkhaz problems. Back in February in 2006 he said in one of
his interviews, "I will not order a military operation. I do not want
people to be killed because bloodshed in the Caucasus - it will not only
last for decades, it will last for centuries." So, he knew what he was
doing," the statement said.

"Nor can we ignore the role that was played by those who have
facilitated Saakashvili's militarist regime throughout all these years,
by supplying him offensive weapons in breach of OSCE [Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe] and EU regulations, by advising him
not to renounce the use force and by creating with him a complex of
impunity, including in respect of his authoritarian suppression of
dissidents within Georgia," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We know that at certain stages foreign patrons were trying to stop
Saakashvili from reckless military ventures, but he clearly got out of
control. It is alarming that not all were able to make objective
conclusions from this aggression. The glimmer of hope given by the joint
initiative of the Russian and French presidents of August 12, 2008,
swiftly vanished when Tbilisi in effect dismissed this initiative and
Saakashvili's supporters followed his lead," the statement said.

"Moreover, the U.S. and several European capitals pledge NATO's
protection for Saakashvili, call for the re-armament of the Tbilisi
regime and have already begun new weapon supplies. This is a direct
invitation to new adventures," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Following the requests from South Ossetian and Abkhaz people, the
parliaments and the presidents of the two republics, and considering the
view of the Russian people and the position of both houses of the
Federal Assembly, the Russian president has made a decision to recognize
the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and to sign friendship,
cooperation and mutual assistance agreements with them, the Russian
Foreign Ministry said.

In making this decision Russia relied on the United Nations
Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, other fundamental international
documents, including the 1970 Declaration of Principles of International
Law Concerning Friendly Relations Among States, the statement said.

It should be stressed that in accordance with this Declaration each
State must refrain from any violent action, which deprives its people of
its right to self-determination, freedom and independence, must observe
the principle of equality and self-determination of peoples and have
governments which represent all the people living in its territory, the
Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"There is no doubt that the Saakashvili regime does not meet these
high standards set by global community," the ministry said.

"Russia, which has sincere feelings of friendship toward the
Georgian people, is confident that sooner or later it will have proper
leaders capable of looking after their own country, who will develop
equal, neighborly relations based on mutual respect with all the people
in the Caucasus. Russia will be ready to facilitate this process in
every possible way," the statement said.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 09:48
Sarkozy-Medvedev plan for Georgia still remains relevant - Lavrov
17:59 GMT, Aug 26, 2008

SOCHI. Aug 26 (Interfax) - The Sarkozy-Medvedev plan for Georgia
still remains relevant after Russia's recognition of Abkhazia's and
South Ossetia's independence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

"The six principles have absolutely not lost their significance,"
Lavrov told Russian journalists on Tuesday.

The first principle concerns the "non-use of force - it is
something we wanted Georgia to ensure," Lavrov said.

The second principle envisions the termination of combat actions.
"They have been stopped, and we have completed the pullback of our
military units," Lavrov said.

The third principle, "the supply of humanitarian aid, is continuing
to be implemented," he said.

The fourth principle stipulates that the troops should be returned
to the barracks, Lavrov   said. "We   are not convinced that Tbilisi has
delivered on its obligations, and we are notifying our Western partners
about relevant facts," he said.

"The fifth principle says that the Russian peacekeepers would take
additional security measures through increasing their contingent inside
South Ossetia, which it really needs, and through setting up security
zones," Lavrov said.

The sixth principle envisions the discussion of ways to provide
South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's security, Lavrov said. "The international
community could do more in this respect so that the currently existing
security zone be efficiently controlled, with the international
community's active involvement," he said.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 21:44
Second U.S. warship arrives in Batumi for unloading
08:00 GMT, Aug 27, 2008

TBILISI. Aug 27 (Interfax) - U.S. Navy warship Dallas arrived at
the port of Batumi with humanitarian aid for refugees from the
Tskhinvali region on Wednesday morning.

The U.S. ship was expected at the port of Poti on Wednesday
morning, however, the decision about the berth was changed at the last
minute, Georgian media outlets said.

A few days ago U.S. destroyer McFaul also arrived at the port of
Batumi with humanitarian aid for Georgia. The ship brought beds and food
for Georgian refugees, Georgian media reported.

U.S. warships were expected to arrive at the port of Poti. The U.S.
is providing aid to Georgia, which was delivered to Tbilisi on U.S. Air
Force military airplanes.

Meanwhile, a military diplomatic source in Moscow said earlier that
Russia was concerned by possible arms supplies to Georgia by NATO
warships, which could lead to the escalation of tensions in the

NATO warships outnumber Russia's in Black Sea - Admiral Kasatonov
09:07 GMT, Aug 27, 2008

MOSCOW. Aug 27 (Interfax-AVN) - The group of NATO ships to be
deployed in the Black Sea has superior combat potential compared to the
Russian Black Sea Fleet, however, if necessary, Russia can use other
types of the Armed Forces, said former First Deputy Russian Navy
Commander-in-chief Admiral Igor Kasatonov.

"If you take just ships, then the proportion between the potential
of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and that of the alliance's planned group
is in NATO's favor. But if necessary, Russia will use all types of the
Armed Forces, including aviation. This is why we can tell NATO: "Why
don't you choose a farther lane for a walk," Kasatonov told Interfax-AVN
on Wednesday.

He was commenting on the information from the Russian General Staff
that NATO is soon going to increase the number of its ships in the Black
Sea from the current ten to 18.

Sending NATO ships to the Black Sea is a political step that will
not be followed by military operations, he said. "The concentration of
such forces in this region is merely a military political move aimed to
support [Georgian President] Saakashvili. As far as the World War III is
concerned, we can say almost certainly that it is not going to happen
tomorrow or after tomorrow," the admiral said.

Currently, there are ten NATO warships in the Black Sea, including
U.S. Navy   destroyer McFaul, Spanish frigate Admiral Juan de Borbon,
Polish frigate ORP General Pulaski, German frigate FGS Lubeck.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 21:46
NATO attack on Abkhazia, S. Ossetia would mean declaration of war onRussia - envoy to NATO
08:16 GMT, Aug 27, 2008

MOSCOW. Aug 27 (Interfax) - If NATO uses its ground or naval forces
against Abkhazia or South Ossetia, this would mean the declaration of
war on Russia, said Russian Permanent Representative at NATO Dmitry

"If NATO suddenly resorts to military actions against Abkhazia and
South Ossetia by acting unambiguously on Tbilisi's side, this would mean
the declaration of war on Russia. I do not believe in this and think
that this is just absurd," Rogozin said in an interview published in the
Wednesday issue of the Vremya Novostei newspaper, after he was asked
whether there was a possibility of a military conflict involving NATO in
the Caucasus.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 21:52
S. Ossetia wants Russian military bases stationed in its territory - Kokoity
10:23 GMT, Aug 27, 2008

TSKHINVALI. Aug 27 (Interfax) - South Ossetia President Eduard
Kokoity has said he wants the Russian government to locate Russian
military bases in South Ossetia.

"As president of a recognized state - South Ossetia - I will urge
the leadership of the Russian Federation to locate military bases in the
Republic of South Ossetia," Kokoity said at a press conference in
Tskhinvali on Wednesday.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 21:56
Conflict between Russia, West around Georgia will be overcome - poll
12:19 GMT, Aug 27, 2008

MOSCOW. Aug 27 (Interfax) - Residents of Russia's biggest cities
approve of Moscow's decision to back South Ossetia in the Georgian-
Ossetian conflict and hope that Russia's relations with Western
countries will soon be back to normal, the poll shows.

Half of the respondents (48%) said the relations between Russia and
Western countries would return to the level that existed before the
events started in South Ossetia.

Just over a third of respondents (35%) expect an escalation of
tensions with the West and a new stage of the Cold War, sociologists
from the Levada Center told Interfax on Wednesday after conducting a
poll among 1,500 respondents in several Russian cities on August 22-25.

The overwhelming majority of Russians (87%) said Moscow made the
right decision by openly supporting Tskhinvali in the Georgian-Ossetian
conflict, while 6% said the opposite.

Meanwhile, 54% respondents believe that Russian troops should have
continued the 'peace enforcement' operation until Georgia signed a
legally binding peace agreement with South Ossetia, 29% - until Georgian
military   potential is destroyed, thus ruling out any possibility of new
acts of aggression against South Ossetia.

Only 8% called for an immediate end to this operation and
withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgia and South Ossetia.
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создано: 27/08/2008 @ 22:00
Russia to establish diplomatic relations with Abkhazia, S.Ossetia soon -Source
13:04 GMT, Aug 27, 2008

MOSCOW. Aug 27 (Interfax) - Russia is planning to exchange notes on
the establishment of   diplomatic relations with Abkhazia and South
Ossetia in the near future.

"The Russian president has ordered the establishment of diplomatic
relations with the republics. In diplomatic practice it is called
exchanging notes. This will happen soon, but not tomorrow," a source at
the Russian Foreign Ministry told Interfax.

The Kremlin press office said earlier that Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev ordered the Russian Foreign Ministry to establish diplomatic
relations with South Ossetia and Abkhazia and to prepare a draft
agreement on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with these

The Russian Foreign Ministry is expected to hold talks with
Abkhazia and South Ossetia "in order to establish diplomatic relations
and to prepare relevant documents," the decree said.

The president has also ordered the Foreign Ministry "to involve
concerned federal executive authorities in the talks [with Abkhazia and
South Ossetia] regarding preparation of the draft agreement on
friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance and to duly provide
proposals to sign it."

Medvedev ordered the Russian Defense Ministry "to ensure that
Russian Armed Forces carry out their peacekeeping duties before the
agreements [with Abkhazia and South Ossetia] are signed."
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создано: 28/08/2008 @ 22:04
According to experts, Armed forces of Belarus, possessing the most newest Russian arms, are capable to execute any military operation and independently to reflect aggression without waiting the help from Russia.

And meanwhile:

"Very heavy disaster will overtake that first country which will express censure to Belarus for its recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia", - Great Sorcerers of Russia have warned.
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создано: 30/08/2008 @ 19:12
Dmitriy Medvedev: "It's a signal to whoever tries to turn white into black"

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization approves Russia's actions in South Ossetia at recent summit

Elena Krivyakina   — 30.08.2008

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held a summit in Dushanbe today. Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev faced a difficult task at the meeting — discussing his country's stance on South Ossetia with SCO member states and seeking their support. It seems he may have accomplished his goal. A clause on South Ossetia was included in the summit's final joint declaration signed by the member states.

In the intial stages of the summit, negotiations were held between Russia, Kazakhstan, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. They arrived at the Somon Palace from early morning. Later they were joined by delegations from observer states Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan. The summit's official guest — the president of Afghanistan — and representatives of international organizations were also present.

Speaking to members of the summit, Medvedev said the SCO should work to strengthen regional security and stability. He added that these problems must be solved observing international law.

"Unfortunately, we have to state that attempts are being made to secure certain interests using force and not the principles of strict observance of international law and refuting a confrontational bloc mentality," said Medvedev. "An example of such irresponsible criminal actions is Georgia's aggression against South Ossetia. It is well-known who connived with the Georgian authorities and even incited them, pursuing their own profit. Such behavior is unacceptable and should be stopped."
The president thanked the member states for their understanding and objective evaluation of Russia's peacekeeping efforts.

"I am sure the united position of the SCO member states will have international resonance and serve as a serious signal to whoever tries to turn white into black and justify aggression," added Medvedev.

The member states refrained from discussing their positions on Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence during the discussions. However, sharp criticism sounded in NATO's address. Iranian President Makhmud Akhmadinezhad condemned the U.S. for its policies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although the member states were careful not to discuss their positions on Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the issue was reflected in the summit's final joint declaration. The document stressed that the conflict must be resolved peacefully following the six principles for regulating the situation established by Medvedev and French President Sarkozy.

"The SCO states express grave concern in connection with the recent tensions around the South Ossetia issue and urge the sides to solve existing problems peacefully, through dialogue, and to make efforts facilitating reconciliation and talks," the summit's final joint declaration said.

In such a way, Medvedev seems to have achieved his goal. Although the members states did not make any earth-shattering statements about the South Ossetian conflict at the meeting, they ended up showing support for Russia.

"We are aware that U.S. emissaries visited the capitals of SCO member states the evening before the summit and told them what position they should voice on the issue," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The SCO member states signed agreements on combating terrorism and illegal narcotics and arms trafficking. They also decided to form a working group to discuss the possibility of accepting new members into the organization. Iran has shown an interest in joining the SCO for several years.

The next SCO summit will be held in early June in Yekaterinburg. Russia will chair the organization this year starting today.

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создано: 30/08/2008 @ 19:15
Supreme Mufti of Russia calls on Muslim world to recognize sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

21:23 08/29/2008

Chairman of the Central Muslim Board of Russia, Supreme Mufti, Sheikh ul-Islam Talgat Tajuddin addressed regional Muslim boards and believers appealing for them to render necessary help and support to the people of South Ossetia and all those who suffered from the humanitarian catastrophe in the territory of this republic. REGNUM correspondent reports referring to the Central Muslim Board's press office.

The Supreme Mufti of Russia has also called on the whole Muslim world to recognize independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. ''Russian Muslims, like all our compatriots, support decision of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, for which the peoples of these republics have long suffered, and we call on the world community and the Islamic world to recognize independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia for the sake of peace and stability in the Caucasus,'' Tajuddin stated.

''From the beginning, the Central Muslim Board of Russia condemned the treacherous aggression against South Ossetia performed by the Georgian authorities, who unleashed a full-scale war against the long-suffered Ossetian people,'' Tajuddin said. ''The blood of Russian peacekeepers is shed there, of hundreds and thousands of peaceful residents, children, women, defenseless old people. Tskhinval and peaceful villages were ruined. In fact, a genocide of a whole nation was performed."

''Nobody can remain indifferent to the sufferings of these people,'' the Supreme Mufti is convinced. ''In all Muslim communities, believers pray for those killed and for the restoration of peace and order on this long-suffered land. The CMB and regional Muslim boards and believers send affordable material aid to the residents of South Ossetia.''

''We, as well as all the honest people of the world, cannot accept the double standards used to treat these events, while some overseas actors are trying to describe our country as an aggressor and aggravate the situation,'' Tajuddin said. ''Russia was and is the guarantor of peace and stability in the Caucasus. Russian peacekeepers were carrying out their peacekeeping duty with dignity, although they were fired at their backs.''
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создано: 30/08/2008 @ 19:18
Vladimir Putin: ''Seems like somebody in the US had staged the conflict''
13:02 08/29/2008   

AFP Photo / Alexey Druzhinin
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Aug 28, 2008, gave an interview to CNN on the crisis in the Caucasus and Russia-US relations in the context. Putin said he did not rule out that the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict could had been staged by some forces in the US to give a boost for one of the US presidential contenders.   
Moreover, Putin said, Russia has serious grounds to think that US citizens had participated in combat in South Ossetia. ''We have serious grounds to suppose that there were citizens of the United States right in the middle of the combat action. If this is correct, and if this is proved, it would be very bad. It is very dangerous, and this is an erroneous policy,'' Putin emphasized.   
On Aug 28, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Anatoly Nogovitsyn informed journalists of a US citizen's ID found at a site near Tkhinval where combat with a Georgian special force took place. ''We looked for the passport's owner (Michael Lee White) but have not found him. We know that he is from Texas,'' the general said, showing the media the passport's Xeros copy. US State Department spokesman Robert Wood commented on the issue that US authorities had no information on whether US citizens had been present in the conflict zone in South Ossetia. Wood uttered that he had no way of knowing about it.   
Vladimir Putin said on CNN air that, ''even in the times of the 'cold war,' in the times of rough confrontation between the USSR and the US, we have always avoided direct clashes between our civilians and especially the military.'' The Prime Minister said that the Russian side hoped that ''the US administration would interfere in the conflict and stop the aggression of the Georgian leadership,'' but ''nothing of the kind happened.''   
According to Putin, ''suspicions arise that somebody in the US specially staged the conflict in order to aggravate the situation and create advantages for one of the candidates in the competition for the US presidency.'' ''The events might also have an internal US dimension,'' he emphasized.   
In fact, starting from the onset of the war in South Ossetia, the Republican US presidential contender John McCain has received a lot of extra points while using the situation in his electoral rhetorics. He would voice vehement critique of Russia, using ''cold war'' cliches. ''They better not mold an enemy image in order to scare by it their own populace and trying under this pretext to rally allies around their political cause.''   
Commenting on the possibility of excluding Russia from the G8, openly discussed by US politicians, Vladimir Putin stated that the step would question effectiveness of G8 activities in such fields as countering terrorism, drug trade, infectious diseases and proliferation. ''They better not scare us, we are not frightened at all. They better just be able to realsitically analyze the situation, to look in the future and establish normal relations, respecting each other's interests,'' the Russian government's head emphasized. Speaking of the G8 effectiveness in general, Putin stated: ''Without inviting the Chinese People's Republic and India, the G8 in its today's form is no longer adequate.''   
Vladimir Putin confirmed: Russia does not reject equal partnership with the west. ''We want to live in peace and accord. We want to have a normal trade, to cooperate in all directions: maintaining international security, disarmament, countering terrorism, narcotrafficking, on the Iranian nuclear problem, the North Korean one that has recently developed a trend to some aggravation. We are ready to such work, but the cooperation has to be honest, open, partner-like, not an egocentric one,'' the Russian Prime Minister stressed.
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создано: 30/08/2008 @ 19:33
Russians and Chechens restore Tskhinval side by side

Currently the main reconstruction priority in Tskhinval is to restore key infrastructure buildings, such as schools, governmental buildings and hotels. According to Russia’s Federal Service for Special Construction (Spetsstroy), half of the work will be conducted by Russian forces and another part by a Chechen construction company.

August 30, 2008, 9:42

There's a shortage of workers in Tskhinval and the reconstruction isn't happening fast enough, Spetsstroy officials stated at a media briefing in the South Ossetian capital.

Yesterday we met with the Prime Minister of Chechnya. A Chechen construction company will be in charge of construction works in the south of the city. They have adequate experience,” said Mikhail Tashlyk, a Spetsstroy official.

Around 65 buildings have been already completely restored.

Seven out of 14 schools will be opening their doors on September 1 and about 1,500 children will start the academic year. Official says another four schools will be also completely restored by September 1.

Around 400 people are currently working on restoring schools and locals are being paid for their help.

Meanwhile, students are rebuilding Tskhinval University. Around 100 students from North Ossetia have come to help. They are also bringing furniture and books.

Furthermore, Russia’s Chief Health Officer Gennady Onishchenko said running water is already available in most of the capital and the water ‘on the whole complies with the norm’.

Onishchenko said that humanitarian aid will be controlled and a vaccination programme will be launched for local inhabitants as the risk of an outbreak of contagious diseases remains. This is due to the fact that as during the first weeks after the attack many corpses and animal carcasses were left lying on the streets.

Power supplies in Tskhinval are also expected to be restored by the end of next week.

Meanwhile, South Ossetia and Abkhazia are ready to officially recognise each other’s independence, according to South Ossetian representative in Sukhum. Robert Kokoev also said that the two republics may soon sign a military cooperation agreement.

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создано: 30/08/2008 @ 21:27
Israel is obliged to recognise independence of South Ossetia   
because of principle of a moral responsibility
Jews occupied the South Ossetia not later than two thousand years ago. At all times Jews played a huge role in economy and culture of South Ossetia. Now the Jewish quarter, the most beautiful and ancient part of Tskhinvali, is destroyed completely by the Georgian and American soldiers by means of cluster bombs and "Grad". Over 200 Jews were lost in the first day of war, over thousand Jews have been compelled to leave South Ossetia for rescue of their lives.   
Cluster bombs and rockets for their delivery have been made in Israel. Israel has tested rockets with cluster bombs in Lebanon in 2006. The Israeli military have considered experience successful and have begun deliveries of cluster bombs to Georgia that the Georgian military could test their action on inhabitants of the Jewish quarter in Tskhinvali too.   
The Ambassador of Israel to Moscow, Anna Azari, the clever woman-diplomat, could receive more a trustworthy information in the government of South Ossetia. Knesset could make special investigation of these facts. And, finally, Israel is obliged to recognise independence of South Ossetia, Israel is obliged to give the humanitarian aid, Israel is obliged to learn the truth about destiny of Jews in South Ossetia.
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создано: 03/09/2008 @ 14:58
Medvedev: The EU “did not fully understand” Russia’s motives in Georgia

02/09 21:36 CET

Russia’s President has given his first reaction to the EU summit on the conflict in Georgia, in an interview with euronews. Speaking at his summer residence in Sochi on the Black Sea, Dmitry Medvedev said that the bloc’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia was “positive.” But he added that the EU “did not fully understand” Russia’s motives in Georgia.
While the EU threatened to postpone talks with Russia on a new partnership pact, it did not adopt the sanctions some countries were demanding.

euronews: Mr President, Welcome to euronews. What is your response to the outcome of the emergency summit as far as EU-Russia relations are concerned?

Dmitry Medvedev: I closely followed events as they unfolded at the summit. I won’t hide the fact that I had preliminary talks with my colleagues. In my opinion, the outcome is double-edged. Firstly, unfortunately, the EU did not fully understand what motivated the Russian Federation to make decisions on repelling the Georgian aggression and recognising South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent subjects of international law. This is unfortunate but not fatal because things change in this world. That is the first situation. The second situation is, in my opinion, much more positive. Despite certain divisions among EU states, a reasonable, realistic point of view on the issue did prevail. A number of states were calling for some mythical sanctions and penalties. This did not happen, which, it seems to me, is in the interest of Europe, particularly the European Union.

euronews: There is a perception that Russia, having recognised South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent, has found itself isolated internationally. Do you agree with this view?

Dmitry Medvedev: There is no isolation. Russia is not seeking isolation and it is actually impossible to isolate Russia. It is another matter that, after the relevant acts of recognition, we all need to think about the security structure in our complex world in the years ahead. And for me, it is clear that the events that began after the Georgian aggression on August 8 this year, put the matter at the top of the agenda. The existing security structure has shown itself to be ineffective.

euronews: There is still talk about possible sanctions, like an exclusion from the G8 or a refusal to accept Russia into the World Trade Organisation. If these measures are taken, how will Russia react? And, something else that concerns ordinary Europeans, won’t the “hot summer” in the Caucasus become a “cold winter” in Europe?

Dmitry Medvedev: You know, the issue of sanctions is always complicated because sanctions are usually a double-edged sword. And, I think that, say, the position adopted by the European Union, shows how dangerous going down the road of sanctions is. Reason has prevailed. The result is clear. As for other international bodies such as the G8….The G8 without Russia is incapacitated. Even the G8 itself has already understood that without the representation of such states as China and India – without the use of the so-called “outreach” mechanism – many of the Group of Eight’s decisions are not fully valid, let alone taking such decisions without Russia’s participation. Therefore, of course, the G8 without Russia, would not be able to exist. And if it attempts to continue to meet, that won’t benefit the world order, because it exists in the real world.
The WTO is a separate economic issue. We, indeed, would like to become a member of the WTO. But not at any price. We have been continuing these negotiations for a long time. Unfortunately, they are not completely successful. Our position is simple. If we do not agree soon, then we will have to stop adhering to a number of agreements imposing additional obligations on us, under the framework of the WTO. Such decisions are likely to be taken unless movement towards the WTO is made. Therefore, Russia’s presence in the WTO is not only a goal of the Russian Federation but also a requirement for other economies. How will events evolve? Time will tell.
There are other influences. You know, I don’t think that a “cold winter” or something of that sort awaits us, because it would be in no-one’s interest.

euronews: I was referring to the supply of energy to Europe….

Dmitry Medvedev: Yes, I understand what you were hinting at. So we, of course, will fully comply with our obligations as a major supplier of oil and gas to Europe.

euronews: Analysts believe that the Caucasian crisis turned the final page in the history of post-Soviet Russia and became the starting point for a new world. You have mentioned that view already. How will Russia build its relationships with its neighbours, in particular with Ukraine, and the outside world, as a whole?

Dmitry Medvedev: We will build our relationships with all nations based on common criteria. You are right, and I have already said that the events of August this year showed the imperfection of the current security structure. We need to rebuild it, based on the realities of today. Recently, I outlined five principles that will guide me in implementing Russian foreign policy. I would like to reiterate them.
Firstly, Russia will fully comply with all rules of international law relating to the relationship between civilized nations.
Secondly, Russia understands the need for a multipolar world and believes that the unipolar dominance of one state is unacceptable, whichever state it may be.
Thirdly, we are naturally interested in developing full and friendly relations with all nations – European, Asian, the United States, African – with all nations on our planet. These relationships will be as profound as the partners want them to be.
Fourthly, I believe that the absolute priority for us is to protect the lives and dignity of Russian citizens, wherever they are. And this is one of the priorities of Russian foreign policy.
And finally, the fifth principle. I believe that Russia, like any other state, has regions to which it will give preferential attention – our “special interest” regions. And with states located in these regions, we will build a special, heartfelt, relationship in the long term.

euronews: Is there a danger that the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia will ignite separatist sentiments in other parts of the Caucasus – for example in Russia’s Dagestan or Ingushetia?

Dmitry Medvedev: I don’t see any such danger, unless outside influences implement an agenda for the break-up of Russia.

euronews: What are the main lessons you have learned from the latest crisis in relations between the US and Russia?

Dmitry Medvedev: Well, I don’t think this is a fully-fledged, full-blown crisis comparable to the Soviet period. But nevertheless there is a tension. We are sure we have not been looking for that tension.
And this tension is a consequence of the United States’ quite senseless policies towards Georgia.

At some point, they gave Georgia’s leader a feeling of inpunity. It is as if he had received “carte blanche” to act using any means. How did it end up? It is quite clear. And today, I think, in the United States there is some disappointment that this “virtual project” entitled “Free Georgia” failed. Georgia’s leader is bankrupt, the regime is close to crisis, the situation is strained. The sooner our American partners sort this matter out, the better for US-Russian relations. We are prepared for their restoration in the best way possible. We are ready for full relations with the United States of America.

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South Ossetian parliament: Genocide of Ossetians could be stopped?

20:00 08/29/2008

Recognition of independence of South Ossetia is the only way to stop the genocide of the people of South Ossetia, the republican parliament's Vice Speaker Yuri Dzidsoity stated at a press conference at the Tskhinval-2008 international press center in Tskhinval. Georgian invasion of South Ossetia on Aug 7, 2008 became another stage in Tbilisi's policy of genocide against South Ossetians, REGNUM correspondent quotes Dzidsoity to state.

''South Ossetia regards Georgia's attack on our republic in the night of Aug 7-8, 2008, as yet another link in the long chain of genocide that was started in 1920. It was followed by events of 1989-1992, and later of 2004. In 2005, the parliament of South Ossetia adopted a very important, to my mind, document, in which a political and legal assessment of events of 1920 and 1989-1992 was given.''

''In each case, parliament of South Ossetia, having collected the necessary evidence, concluded that the events should be qualified as acts of genocide and adopted a declaration on the genocide of 1920 and 1989-1992. Parliament of North Ossetia recognized the genocide of South Ossetia. We insist that events of 2004 and 2008 are merely a development of Georgian genocide against South Ossetia,'' the Vice Speaker stated.

''Recognition of South Ossetia's sovereignty could, in fact, break this vicious circle. If we wanted the genocide of South Ossetians to be stopped — and it takes place not only in the territory of South Ossetia but also in Georgia itself — we had to do what the leadership of Russia did, we had to recognize independence of South Ossetia. It was the only civilized way to stop the genocide.''

''I want to add that Georgia has a huge army, and South Ossetia by definition could not had matched the machine, for per each citizen of our republic, including infants, there is an armed-to-the-teeth Georgian soldier,'' Dzitsoity pointed out.

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What does Europe teach us? They face an even bigger problem.

Part 1

Darya Aslamova in the center of Brussels. Brussels, the capital of the EU and NATO, took KP journalist Darya Aslamova by surprise. The city is bursting with contradictions
KP.RU, Darya Aslamova   — 03.09.2008

A dangerous conflict is unfolding in the heart of Europe as the world discusses the recent war in the South Caucasus. Belgium's two historical communities — the Walloons and the Flemings — are aching to split the country in half. Interestingly, the nation's capital, Brussels, is home to the EU and NATO headquarters — institutions that adamantly spoke out against Russia's military actions in Georgia. But now it seems this key EU nation may face a complicated territorial dispute of its own.

"Why are you Russians so racist?" said Lauren, my friend and colleague in Brussels. We were sitting on Gran-Plas Square drinking a cold mug of beer. The question came a bit unexpected. "You don't get along with Georgia, Estonia or Ukraine. You also bombed Chechnya. What have the Chechens done to you personally?"   

"To me?" I asked. "They beat me up once at a university dorm. I even filed a case with the police, but they were too afraid to do anything about it."   

"Okay, but that's just an example of domestic hostility," he said condescendingly. "What I meant was something else. Europe's cherished democratic values are simply absent in Russia."   

"What do you mean?" I said. "The whole world lives by the rules of domestic hostility. States are just like neighbors who constantly complain about where the fence was raised. Let's take you, for example, Lauren. You're a Walloon. Why do you hate your fellow Flemish citizens so much?"   

He couldn't resist the bait. "The Flemish are just a bunch of sons of bitches," he yelled. "We'll have our way with them! Look, how can you compare the Flemish to the Chechens! This is an entirely different issue. Flanders is just one writhing nest of extremism."   

I chuckled as he continued with his tirade. Lauren was getting a bit loud and heads started turning in our direction.   

"Well, who is the racist now?" I asked him when he quieted down. "People are just inclined to hate. It's only natural. Conflicts are simmering everywhere. Belgium just put a temporary lid on the situation. The difference between rich and poor countries is their degree of hate relative to their temperament and their ability to provide graceful form to hostility. Here's a metaphor for you. When a man beats his wife in the slums, the news spreads quickly among his neighbors. The apartments are small and the walls are thin... But when spouses fight in their huge houses in the suburbs, no one suspects a thing until they divorce. The wife just puts her tonal cream on in the morning, powders her sore nose and takes her kids to school. They are the perfect picture, just like in Belgium."   

Accidental state

Last autumn, a practical joker put a scandalous lot up for bid on an Internet auction: "Belgium. A Three-Part Kingdom. Opening Price: 1 Euro. Note: The country can be purchased as a whole, although it's certainly not recommended."   

Belgium is the EU's quiet capital and a symbol of European unity. But the country is slowly falling apart.   

The country's Prime Minister Yves Leterme referred to Belgium as the result of a historical misunderstanding. It is a relatively young nation that was created in the post-Napoleon period (1830) as a military buffer between France and Germany. The country had no unifying ideas or aims, and a staged monarchy and complicated system of governance (six governments and six parliaments in three regions — Flanders, Walloon and Brussels).

The Belgian nationality is an ephemeral and anecdotal concept. Locals joke that Flemings and Walloons can be found everywhere, but there's no such thing as a Belgian. The two nations live together reluctantly under one umbrella. Its difficult to know just how long they have been warring. They speak different languages, read separate newspapers, watch different TV programs and root for their own football teams, celebrate different holidays and their children go to different schools... They don't intermarry. It's easier to find a mixed Arab-Jewish couple in Jerusalem than a Flemish-Walloon family in Brussels.   

I remember the confused face Le Soir political journalist Alan Lalleman made when I asked him if he knew anyone in a mixed marriage. After taking a few moments to think, he said no one came to mind. "But how is that possible!" I asked. "In Brussels, Walloons marry blacks, Asians and Arabs, but they can't marry Flemings because they speak another language?!"   

Alan said he had several Flemish friends living in Brussels and even contacts on the "other side." That was his phrase: "contacts." He is lucky. Most Flemings and Walloons don't talk to each other. Walloons think Flemings are greedy peasants who speak a strange language and Flemings think Walloons are uptight French aristocrats who suck the blood out of the Flemish region. Their hatred has deep historical roots and residents on both sides discuss the enmity without end. They would have separated long ago if not for economic reasons.

Flanders is enormously wealthy and Wallonia is extremely poor. In the 1960s, Flanders helped propel a second industrial revolution in Europe thanks to its rich agricultural sector. The region built roads and automobile and oil-manufacturing plants and the Antverpen port is now the second largest in Europe. Eighty percent of all the world's diamonds are produced in the area. The region's economic development is double Wallonia's, and unemployment is 2.5 times less than in the neighboring French-speaking region.   

Each year, Flanders transfers an enormous amount of money — 10-12 billion euro — to Wallonia's budget. For comparison's sake, the EU only gives 300 million euro in aid to Palestine each year. Economists estimate every Fleming buys his/her Walloon neighbor a new automobile once every three years.   

If Belgium collapses, Wallonia will be up a long creek with no paddle. It's no surprise the Walloons aren't burning with desire to become independent. The Flemings, on the other hand, can't wait to throw off the excess Walloon weight and make their centuries-old dream come true.   

Another sparring point is Belgium's historical capital, Brussels, which is mainly inhabited by German-speaking Walloons. Who will have the rights to the heart of the EU once Belgium falls?   

Occupied Brussels

It was 22:00 when I got back to my small cozy hotel in the historical center — just a stone's throw from the main square.   

As I approached the entrance, I saw a large crowd of no less than 200 Arabs on the street surrounded by journalists with microphones. They were staring at a crane near an old building across the street. Two people sat on top with their legs dangling over.   

"What's going on?" I asked the cameramen.   

"The Arabs were living in that building over there for several years," he said. "But now the owners want to renovate the building and throw them out. The police are still negotiating with them, and we're waiting to see if they'll jump."   

"Can't you just use force?" I asked. "Or send in the SWAT team?"   

"What will their lawyers say about that?" he asked.   

"Lawyers?!" I replied puzzled. "I thought you said they were illegal emigrants?"   

The cameraman looked at me strangely. "Everyone without papers has lawyers in Belgium," he said. "It's normal."   

The crowd got louder. I took out my small camera to take a photo and a drunken Arab jumped towards me. He spit at me and started waving his hands emphatically.   

"That idiot doesn't want his photo taken," the cameraman said. "Don't pay any attention."   

"Messier, this is a public place!" he yelled to the Arab in French. "If you don't want your photo taken, then get out of here."   

A scandal ensued. I pressed my purse to my chest tightly and slowly headed to the hotel.   

I awoke to police sirens at one in the morning. Looking out the window, I saw three black bouncers standing in front of a dance club beating three Arabs. Their Middle Eastern friends buddies stood nearby.   

Someone stuck his head out a neighboring window smoking a cigarette. "I can't sleep three nights already," he told me. "These fucking Arabs! All we need to do is bring over the camels.You can't tell Brussels apart from Abu Dabi anymore!"   

"Maybe you should call the police?" I suggested.   

"Yeah, sure thing! The police don't want to get involved in this! In the Arab district?!" he said.

"What do you mean?" I asked. "This is the historical center of Brussels!"   

"So what?" he replied. "There isn't one white person here anymore. Only Arabs and tourists. All the white people moved to the suburbs a long time ago."

The fight continued all night.   

The next morning, I looked at Brussels through different eyes. I began to understand why they were so many empty windows and deserted homes in the district. Pregnant Arabs strolled down the sidewalks with their yapping children. On Masnikov Street, which was once known for its class and expensive restaurants, black waiters praised Belgian cuisine. The only white maitre d' was from Tunisia.

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