It’s important that in these times of tit-for-tat diplomacy which have replaced common sense and dialogue, that the correct order of statements and actions is recorded. Otherwise, in a short time, a different history will be seen as people’s views and memories get clouded in the mists of time. Eventually, a whole new history appears that people act and react to, certain that the train of events that they think happened, really did happen. My last post on the subject was only a couple of days ago, if-you-are-not-for-us-then-you-are-against-us on the 27th August 2008. Since then we’ve had:
28th Aug 2008: EU considers sanctions on Russia – French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, came out with the gormless suggestion that the EU (and others) should implement trade sanctions against Russia. Noticing the fact that this was like cutting off your nose to spite your face, Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said it was the product of a “sick imaginatiion” – and I agree. In an article from the 29th Aug 2008, previously at , Russia’s EU envoy Vladimir Chizhov said;
“The European Union’s creative mentality has never gone that far, (…) is not prepared to send peacekeepers yet, (…) if relations sour between Russia and the European union over disagreements on South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Europe will suffer worse from that, (…) at the end of the day, there is very little Russia wants from the European Union”
Currently 40% of EU Gas is sourced from Russia! If sanctions were implemented, Russia would lose pots of dosh as it supplies oodles of gas and fuel to the West nowadays. This isn’t really what they want, but is something they could live with, and yes, I think the West would lose out more than Russia from such a scenario. We only have to look at the recent history when energy supplies were slightly constrained. Governments nearly changed and would’ve, if they hadn’t relaxed taxation policies. This is a link describing Russian energy control over Europe. It’s something I’ve pointed out many times.
29th Aug 2008: Georgia breaks ties with Russia – an obvious result. The Georgian diplomats have been pulled from Moscow. However, the key bit is at the bottom in the sub-text:
The Russian Interfax news agency reported that Moscow would sign an agreement next week allowing it to set up military bases in the region.
South Ossetia’s parliamentary speaker Znaur Gassiyev said Russia would absorb the region within “several years”, according to a report by the Associated Press
He said the move had been agreed at high-level talks in Moscow earlier this week.
And Interfax also quoted Abkhazia’s foreign minister, Sergei Shamba, as saying his province “may become part of the Union State of Russia and Belarus“.
This information directly contradicts the statement by Medvedev when he said on the 15th Aug 2008, “…would support independence bids by Georgia’s separatist provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia“. But this is to be expected really. Further Medvedev statements sticking the “blame” onto Georgia should be set against the fact that Russia, since 1991, has issued unprecedented passports to Georgia and elsewhere, as part of a very long game plan. The fruits of this plan can be seen in the statements that Russia issued as a pretence for entering Georgia about “protecting Russian citizens”. Well they would be. That was the plan. But as a counter, Russia is absolutely correct that the whole Georgian military was financed and armed by the USA under George Bush’s instructions. The fact that the USA did nothing when Mikhail Saakashvili launched his assault on South Ossetia should have been expected by Saakashvili. This was exactly what happened to the Marsh Arabs in Iraq at the end of Gulf War I when Bush Snr did nothing. And in that respect, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was right when she called Saakashvili “a hothead” and “not to be trusted” as he would bring trouble to the EU and NATO, which is why she originally vetoed the Georgian application for NATO. Now, things have changed. And this is bad because it plays right into the hands of Putin and the American right who both would like nothing more than a return to the USA/Russia standoff that existed in the old Cold War days. There is so much hypocracy floating around this small issue of peoples, living in an area, speaking their own languages and striving to determine their own futures as in this comment here. It should be simple. And the reason it isn’t is because they are being manipulated by forces outside their control for those forces’ motives.