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Archive by 2009-04-20
Russia-NATO meeting at the Chiefs of Staff level will not be held 2009-04-20 19:09 “The planned for May 7th meeting of the chiefs of Staff of Russia-NATO Council will not be held”, said Dmitri Rogozin, the Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO.
Saakashvili got into a laser sight? 2009-04-20 17:44 Georgian mass media presented an interesting explanation of Mikheil Saakashvili’s odd behaviour near Gori in August 2008. The Georgian leader allegedly got into a zone of a Russian self-guided missile and used the personal means of anti-missile defense.
Vashadze to visit Sweden 2009-04-20 16:48 According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, he will be received by Per Westerberg, the Speaker of Swedish Parliament, Gunilla Karlsson, the Minister for International Development Cooperation, and the Ewa Björling, the Minister for Trade.
Georgian Interior Ministry again tries to expose opposition members 2009-04-20 16:23 Today the video testimony of Jaba Kokaya, the protest action participant, was posted on the Interior Ministry of Georgia official Web site.
Sokhumi and Tskhinval may conduct their own maneuvers 2009-04-20 15:40 Abkhazia and South Ossetia may conduct their own exercises in response to the coming NATO maneuvers in Georgia, Svoboda radio reports. The statement was made by Sergey Bagapsh, the leader of Abkhazia.
Kazakhstan will not participate in NATO exercises in Georgia 2009-04-20 15:04 Previously Kazakhstan was included in the list of participants of the Cooperative Longbow 09/Cooperative Lancer 09 multinational maneuvers under the aegis of NATO. According to previous messages, the exercises are of military staff character and will be held without weapons and military machinery.
The second wave of protest actions expected in Tbilisi on April 21st 2009-04-20 14:32 Meanwhile, according to Kviris Palitra [a Georgian weekly] survey 52 per cent of Georgian population regard holding a referendum on the question of early presidential elections as necessary. 20 per cent believe that the referendum will not be a way out of political crisis.
Saakashvili is ready for a dialog with opposition 2009-04-20 13:23 Opposition claims it is united, ready to hold a public meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili and demand his resignation.
Georgian Parliament to resume work 2009-04-20 12:53 A meeting of the Parliament will be held on Tuesday, plenary meeting will be started since Wednesday, The Vzglyad informs, alluding to Imedi TV company. MPs plan to consider issues aimed to widen dialog with opposition, like granting more authority to ombudsman and inclusion of an opposition member into a commission on pardoning.
NATO exercises started in Baku 2009-04-20 12:27 The exercises will last to April 26th and will be conducted in accordance with the scenario of the multinational peacekeeping operations in the format of 3-day staff exercises and 5-day field maneuvers. They will cover the plans of checkpoint control, road security, preparation of documents, supply and materials, coordination, seizure and search of buildings, battle involving rules, preparation of
Couple of Georgian royal heirs is on the verge of divorce 2009-04-20 12:02 Heirs to the Georgian royal throne, Anna and David Bagrationi, married with the blessing of the Georgian Orthodox Church on February 8th 2009, live together no longer.
EU special envoy: Russia doesn’t play a significant role in Georgian events 2009-04-20 11:15 Semneby conducted negotiations with the Georgian leadership, the opposition leaders and public figures.
Moscow disappointed at NATO decisions
NATO is not going to cancel the exercises scheduled for May in the territory of Georgia. Moreover, the North Atlantic Alliance was cynical enough to invite Russia to be a participant.
Two solitudes have met: “Ours” and the Georgian authorities
Russian youth movement called “Ours” is vehemently protesting against the detention of their activist Alexander Kuznetsov by the Georgian authorities. This will evidently lead to picketing, legal recourses, appeals to EU and Ilia II. The “Ours” motor rally will be continued as soon as the next commissioner is sent to Tbilisi. The situation is close to being absurd; however, political consultants do not believe the acts of “Ours” will be treated seriously.
Georgian businessmen counting losses from confrontation
Georgian media are keeping records of business people’s money losses due to the chaos created by the participants of the open-ended protest action for the president’s resignation in the streets of Tbilisi. Is Fadi Asli of the American Chamber of Commerce right saying that “the opposition kills the business”? However the opposition sticks to a different opinion: it’s the president’s hard line that brings ruin to business community.
Georgian wine’s fault
It is not clear in Tbilisi why Russia’s Chief Sanitation Officer Gennady Onishenko “is teasing” Georgian winemakers. Maybe it’s pointless to feel annoyed? A better thing is to ask the country’s government to turn its face to the north and all will be all right…2009-04-20 14:24
Will Saakashvili’s resignation be withdrawn?
The meetings of the European “dove of peace”, Piter Semnebi, a special representative of the European Union in the Southern Caucasus, with the uncompromising opponents of the Georgian government have successfully taken place. A dialogue between Semnebi and the Georgian expert society was the finishing touch of Semnebi’s peace-support mission. EU advises the opposition to “leave aside” the request for the President’s resignation and recommends the state government to make concessions. The parties have listened to the advice but seemed to remain of the same opinion.
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