Georgians: Russian tanks still advancing on targets
U.S. says no chance it will send troops
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GORI, Georgia — Georgia’s president said Thursday that a column of Russian tanks and other vehicles was moving toward the country’s second-largest city, and that Russian forces already control a third of Georgian territory.
Mikhail Saakashvili, speaking to foreign reporters in the capital in an appeal for international help, said the convoy was about halfway between the western cities of Senaki and Kutaisi.
"We have no idea what they’re doing," Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze said of the Russian column. "One explanation could be they are trying to rattle the civilian population."
The developments came on a day that Russia’s foreign minister declared Georgia could "forget about" regaining two separatist provinces.
In Washington, U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said he saw no need to invoke military force in the war.
"The United States spent 45 years working very hard to avoid a military confrontation with Russia," said Gates. "I see no reason to change that approach today."
That's because #1 - You ain't got a Military to use and #2 - You'd lose.
The US is spread all over the place and is shot all to hell, not to mention low recruitment and piss poor training recently.... meanwhile, Russia has had plenty of time to build itself back up.... the US wouldn't stand a chance unless the US relied on Nuking Russia..... and that would just simply be very stupid..... but I wouldn't put it passed the US.
Thursday’s events presented a huge challenge to the EU-sponsored ceasefire agreement designed to end seven days of fighting that began after Georgia launched a military assault in an attempt to regain control of the breakaway province of South Ossetia.
The accord had envisaged Russian and Georgian forces returning to their original positions, which would put Georgian forces back in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another breakaway region that has thrown off Georgian rule.
"One can forget about any talk about Georgia’s territorial integrity because, I believe, it is impossible to persuade South Ossetia and Abkhazia to agree with the logic that they can be forced back into the Georgian state," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters as Russia’s president met in the Kremlin with the separatist leaders.
The Bush administration said it will ignore the "bluster" from Russia about the separatist regions.
Of course the Bush Administration will ignore them.... they'll ignore and trvialize anything that doesn't suit their insane agendas... fk'wit-nut-bag-arseholes.
However, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed to Georgia to ask the U.S. ally to sign a ceasefire agreement with Russia that includes apparent concessions to Moscow but preserves Georgian borders, a U.S. official said.
Ain't gonna happen ConArtist RiceBrains
..... You can't expect Russia to just let Georgia act the way they did, lose, and then not suffer any consequences for their actions..... typical American Mentality.... never accepting responsibility.
Georgia screwed up.... The US Screwed up.... now the both of them and suck it up and deal with the outcome. Dumbasses.
The pact fleshes out a French-brokered agreement giving Russian peacekeepers the express right to patrol beyond South Ossetia, the disputed border region at the heart of the conflict.
Because allowing their peacekeepers there in the first place stopped Georgia before? What kind of a screwed up deal is that?
Still, analysts said there were holes in the EU plan to end the war between Georgia and Russia.
Robert Hunter, former ambassador to NATO under former president Bill Clinton, said the EU plan has halted much of the fighting but commits the Russians to very little.
"As it stands, this proposal leaves the Russians in total control," he told The AP in New York. "There is nothing in here about the inviolability of Georgia’s frontiers," which he said lets Russia move forward on absorbing the separatist regions.
Well Georgia certainly isn't getting them back.... hell, they never had them in the first place.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday he’s deeply troubled by what he called Russia’s Soviet era mentality to exert control over countries outside its borders.
"I must tell you that I am deeply troubled by a notion I see developing in Russia, and that is a notion that Russia somehow has a say or some control over countries outside of its borders," Harper said at press conference in Cupids, NL.
Oh Harper, that's the last nail in the coffin for you, you dumb arsed pea-brain poop scoop.
"I must tell you that I am deeply troubled by a notion I see developing in Russia, and that is a notion that Russia somehow has a say or some control over countries outside of its borders"
The United States thinks they can do this..... holy fok people.... our own leaders will certainly be the death of us unless something is done.
I would personally suggest in the next election to not
vote Liberal or Conservative, since both are responsible for the current messes our country has been thrown into... hell at this point, I'm willing to let the NDP take over..... at least by them, we wouldn't have been in Afghanistan in the first place.