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2008-09-09 00:00:09

By Anne Penketh Russia has agreed to withdraw its troops from Georgia proper within a month as long as 200 European Union monitors are in place by 1 October. The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking after more than four hours of talks with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, said: "The retreat of Russian forces. Accepted ... The acceptance of European observers. Accepted." Mr Medvedev said Russia would pull out of the Black Sea port of Poti and nearby areas in the next seven...

2008-09-08 15:00:03

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Monday that Russian troops would soon exit Georgia but would remain in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Sarkozy said the pullout would be accomplished within a month and that Russia had agreed to withdraw from its positions between the Georgian towns of Poti and Senaki within a week. The RIA Novosti news agency said Sarkozy added that with the withdrawal timetable set, there was no reason not to move forward with next month's talks on relations...

2008-09-05 21:00:08

TBILISI. Sept 5 (Interfax) - The U.S. military command ship Mount Whitney is due to enter the territorial waters of Georgian on Friday. The U.S. ship is due to arrive at the Poti port, a source in the Georgian defense and security structures told Interfax. The Georgian Defense Ministry has not officially confirmed or denied this report, saying that "the U.S. vessel may enter the Poti port." The official purpose of the visit is to bring humanitarian aid to Georgia. At the same time, the...

2008-09-05 12:00:02

A U.S. Navy flagship has arrived in the Georgian port city of Poti despite fears that a U.S. presence could prove problematic, a Navy official confirmed. The Times of London said Friday that while a similar port call by U.S. naval vessels was canceled due to concerns they could escalate tensions in the Georgian republic, the USS Mount Whitney is now in the port city where Russian troops remain. Tensions have been high in Georgia since its forces attacked the breakaway republic of South...

2008-08-31 09:00:19

Excerpt from report by private Georgian news agency Kavkas-Press Tbilisi, 31 August: Seven hundred hectares of forest has burnt in the Borjomi-Kharagauli [Nature Preserve] in fires that have been raging for the past 18 days. The fire is the result of incendiary bombs dropped by Russian forces. At present some 500 people, helicopters and firefighting vehicles are trying to extinguish the blaze, though it continues nonetheless. [Passage omitted: Environment Minister Irakli Ghvaladze to...

2008-08-31 09:00:19

Text of report by private Georgian news agency Kavkas-Press Tbilisi, 31 August: Russian aggressors have released 48 tonnes of petroleum products into the Black Sea, severely contaminating coastal waters, Georgian Environment and Natural Resources Protection Minister Irakli Ghvaladze said today in Poti. "They blew up Georgian military boats and vessels [near Poti], thereby releasing these oil products into the sea," the minister said while overseeing the taking of water samples for...

2008-08-28 09:00:34

By JIM HEINTZ By Jim Heintz The Associated Press TBILISI, Georgia Western leaders warned Russia on Wednesday to "change course," hoping to keep a conflict that threatens a key nuclear pact - and could even raise U.S. chicken prices - from blossoming into a new Cold War. Moscow said it was NATO expansion and Western support for Georgia that was causing East-West divisions, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States for using military ships to deliver...

2008-08-27 06:00:10

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax Tbilisi, 27 August: The US warship Dallas loaded with [humanitarian] cargo for internally displaced persons [IDPs] from the Tskhinvali Region entered the Batumi port on Wednesday morning [27 August]. Georgian media reported that the US ship had been expected at the Poti port on Wednesday morning where festive reception was planned, yet at the last minute the decision to moor at the port was altered. The US torpedo-boat...

2008-08-27 06:00:10

By From news reports President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia, defying pressure from the West, announced Tuesday that Moscow had decided to recognize two rebel regions of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as independent states. "This is not an easy choice, but this is the only chance to save people's lives," Medvedev said in a televised address a day after the Russian Parliament voted unanimously to support the diplomatic recognition. The decision sets Russia on a collision course with...

2008-08-25 09:00:42

By Shaun Walker THE UNITED States military came within 60 miles of the Russian army in Georgia yesterday as an American warship arrived in the Black Sea port of Batumi to deliver humanitarian aid to the embattled Caucasus country. USS McFaul arrived with a cargo of beds, mattresses and other supplies to help the thousands of Georgian refugees displaced from their homes during the past two weeks. It dropped anchor just outside Batumi and its cargo was ferried to the sub-tropical palm-...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'