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The war in Georgia started from Ukraine2008-11-10 09:37
Said Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili during conference in Riga. In his opinion, the conflict started when ships from Russia's Black Sea fleet left Sevastopol.
"Anyone who wants to know how the military actions began should remember that the Black Sea fleet left for Georgia's shores six days before the start of large-scale military actions. They weren't just going on an excursion. Ukraine's president tried to stop them with his decree, but the Russians ignored it," reported Saakashvili.
At the weekend a whole group of Russia's ill-wishers from Eastern Europe gathered in Riga. The leaders of the Baltic states, Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, as well as Saakashvili and Yushchenko came for the conference entitled "A single and united Europe". The event passed calmly and without any surprises. Those present joined together in criticizing the Kremlin's policies. The product of this summit meeting was a joint declaration made by the presidents of Poland and Lithuania.
"Once again we affirm," they said, "that in conditions where Georgian territory has been occupied it is far too early to resume talks with Russia on a new partnership. A new agreement cannot be concluded in conditions of Russia's military invasion of neighbouring states. We emphasize that talks over an agreement between the EU and Russia should only be renewed after Russia withdraws its troops from Georgia to the positions which existed before 7th August. We draw the attention of EU leaders to the existing situation, to the rise of a threat which could affect the whole of Europe."
Lithuania and Poland once again engaged in their favourite course of action: making declarations and testing the nerves of old Mother Europe who absolutely does not want to acknowledge the danger emanating from the East. And Presidents Saakashvili and Yushchenko fell into each other's arms. Saakashvili said that Ukraine's support for Georgia was "active and sincere".
"Many ordinary people have hung out Georgian flags. Hundreds of thousands of Georgian flags have been sold in Kyiv, Lviv and many other cities. And this shows the disposition of Ukrainian society," emphasized Saakashvili. According to him, Russia's aggression has once and for all deprived it of the sympathy of its neighbours, above all of Ukrainians. Apparently Ukrainians do not know about their change in sympathies. They are persistently trying to condemn Yushchenko for supporting Georgia. The scandal over deliveries of Ukrainian weaponry to Georgia has entered a decisive phase.
"We have received new information indicating that the upper echelons of Ukraine's leadership, and President Yushchenko personally, were responsible for deliveries of arms to Georgia as it was preparing for war," said the head of the temporary investigatory commission of the Verkhovna Rada Valeriy Konovalyuk. "With our arms deliveries we essentially encouraged Saakashvili into taking these brutal and ill-considered actions." A few days ago the commission returned from a trip to Tskhinvali where it was presented with items of military technology which had been left behind by the fleeing Georgian army. Most of Ukraine's political forces were not impressed with selling weapons to Georgia at prices three times below their market value, especially to the detriment of their own defence capabilities. Yanukovich's party and the Yulia Timoshenko Bloc are threatening Yushchenko with impeachment over this. Admittedly, the president's supporters are throwing a devastating accusation back at them: that they have sold themselves to Moscow.