From the Georgian Times:
Russian officials have mentioned the word “provocation” so many times that it has become commonplace in Russian political vocabulary. Confused by the rapid reaction and concerted efforts of the Georgian authorities after the bombing, Russian diplomats and generals have nothing but empty words in response. The Chief of Staff of the Russian Army, General Yuri Baluevsky, described the one-ton, anti-radar, guided missile shot on Georgian soil near the breakaway region of South Ossetia as “hallucinations”; yet another Russian general spoke of “gross provocation” while the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister condemned Georgia for “provocative,” vocal accusations.
The Georgian authorities summoned two groups of experts. The first assembly, comprising of technical and operational experts from
The second group of experts worked from August 18 to 19 and comprised of five experts from the
“Seven countries have confirmed the incontrovertible evidence of Russian involvement in the August 6 violation of Georgian airspace and bombing of my country’s territory.
Obviously, the government of a small but ambitious state has conducted an enormous amount of work to reveal to the world the aggressive face of the Kremlin. In a way, this was a stronger response than the downing of the assaulting Russian helicopter would have been. Especially dynamic was the work of the country’s defense ministry, which managed in virtually one day to gather foreign experts.
On August 29, Russian militaries conducted a press conference in a failed attempt to combat
Khvorov forgot that
It is easy to agree with Russian general Khvorov’s insistence that, “such acts of provocation are the last thing Russia wants,” given the current awkward situation Russia found itself in three months after successfully managing to have the UNOMIG obscured after committing a two-hour helicopter shelling on the administration building in the Upper Kodori region of Georgia on March 11. Khvorov would like
If there are still some pundits and politicians wondering why the Kremlin would need to throw bombs on its pro-Western neighbor, the answer is found in
Indeed, on August 30, when Georgian diplomats, the State Minister for Conflict Resolution Issues and the Deputy Foreign Minister were visiting Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement urging Georgia to stay, “a sovereign, neutral and friendly country.” It is understood that neutrality means a still vulnerable