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2008-10-13 09:00:41

Breakaway Abkhazia may demand striking a fresh balance with Georgia in terms of the distribution of the energy generated by the Inguri hydro-electric power plant, a Georgian newspaper has said. According to the current agreement, some 60 per cent of the energy is utilized by Georgia and the remaining 40 per cent by Abkhazia. Energy expert Davit Ebralidze notes that Russia's recognition of Abkhazia has increased the region's "appetite" and that if Abkhazia indeed demands a larger share of...

2008-10-06 09:00:14

Russian troops begin dismantling posts in Georgia MOSCOW, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Russian troops started dismantling posts in the buffer zone around South Ossetia and Abkhazia to meet the Friday deadline for their withdrawal from Georgia's territory, the Itar-Tass news agency reported on Sunday. "Indeed, we started withdrawing material property and dismantling defense barriers at peacekeeping observer posts, put up on the southern border in the security zone, adjoining South Ossetia,"...

2008-09-28 15:00:30

MOSCOW (AP)- Russia and Venezuelan officials on Friday signed agreements meant to bolster cooperation in the oil and gas industry, playing up energy ties between two nations trying to decrease U.S. influence around the world. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev watched the signing of deals between their energy ministries and state energy companies in the southern city of Orenburg. Chavez was on his second trip to Russia in just over two months, while...

2008-09-17 00:00:12

By Mary Dejevsky You probably think that, at least from Moscow's perspective, big bad Russia won its small war with plucky little Georgia. You may even believe - plenty do - that Russia is now licking its chops, as it surveys the possibilities beyond its other borders. You would be wrong. After spending last week in Russia, and meeting not only Vladimir Putin, now prime minister, but President Dmitry Medvedev, and other leading players on the Russian side of this sorry story, I have to...

2008-09-16 21:00:12

The U.S. State Department would welcome a review of the Georgian-Russian conflict and the events leading up to it but it's time to move on, a spokesman said. "(We) would welcome a transparent look at all of the events surrounding Aug. 6 and 7 and the days, weeks and months before. It is, you know, quite clear that there was a miscalculation on the Russian side," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said during a news briefing. "The focus now should be, however, given all that history,...

2008-09-10 09:00:13

By Stephen Castle Andrew E. Kramer contributed reporting from Moscow. * The regional power struggle prompted by the crisis in Georgia intensified Tuesday when Moscow said thousands of troops would stay in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and the European Union promised deeper ties with Ukraine to counterbalance growing Russian influence. More than one month after hostilities broke out in Georgia, the United States also acted, pledging to send a team to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to...

2008-09-09 21:00:08

MOSCOW. Sept 9 (Interfax) - The issue of involvement in international observer missions to Georgia is not vital to Russia, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "Speaking about the participation by Russian citizens in international missions operating in the region [South Ossetia and Abkhazia], our citizens are present there in the OSCE mission, which mainly worked with Georgian-South Ossetian relations, and there are our observers among the UN observers in Abkhazia. As to additional...

2008-09-09 09:00:15

Text of report by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti Moscow, 9 September (RIA-Novosti): Dmitriy Medvedev believes that "without a doubt, the more observers from the OSCE and EU there are on Georgian territory, the better". "I am hoping that this will at least stop the Georgian military regime making foolish moves," the Russian president said today in a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Anatoliy Serdyukov. The Russian head of state recalled that the previous day he and the French...

2008-09-09 09:00:04

By Jamey Keaten Associated Press MOSCOW -- Russia's president pledged Monday to withdraw troops from key areas of Georgia after 200 European Union monitors deploy later this month as part of a revised cease-fire agreement. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili cautiously endorsed the deal but insisted any final settlement with Russia must respect his country's territorial integrity. He made clear he still considers the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia part of his country....

2008-09-08 00:00:08

LEADING ARTICLE Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hard task when he travels to Moscow today in an attempt to bridge East-West differences over the Georgia crisis that have, if anything, widened in recent weeks. A month after the Georgian government launched its ill-fated assault on the breakaway region of South Ossetia, the French President, who holds the EU presidency, has to persuade Russia to abide by the six-point peace plan he brokered. This would involve Russia withdrawing forces from Georgia...


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