Nato disagreements still simmer

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"Nato is becoming the battle-ground for competing national positions rather than being the place where things are resolved," – says Nato diplomat. Read the article about NATO FM meeting by Jonathan Marcus, Diplomatic correspondent for BBC News. 
" The atmosphere in the run-up to this meeting of Nato foreign ministers was acrimonious. One diplomatic insider likened it to "bureaucratic trench-warfare" with all sides digging in and the gap between national positions seemingly unbridgeable. In the event Nato has reached agreement, both on what its Secretary General Jaap De Hoop Schefferon describes as "a conditional and graduated re-engagement with Russia", and on a mechanism for promoting political and military reforms in Georgia and Ukraine which will help to keep them on track towards eventual Nato membership. The argument on Georgia and Ukraine was about means rather than ends," – Jonathan Marcus reports.



Final Communiqué of NATO FMs’ Meeting in Brussels

Below are extracts from the final communiqué which concern Georgia, Ukraine, as well as NATO-Russian relations, including in the context of the August war.


President Bush Discusses Situation in Georgia, Urges Russia to Cease Military Operations

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THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. I’ve just met with my national security team to discuss the crisis in Georgia. I’ve spoken with President Saakashvili of Georgia, and President Sarkozy of France this morning. The United States strongly supports France’s efforts, as President of the European Union, to broker an agreement that will end this conflict. The United States of America stands with the democratically elected government of Georgia. We insist that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia be respected.

Russia has stated that changing the government of Georgia is not its goal. The United States and the world expect Russia to honor that commitment. Russia has also stated that it has halted military operations and agreed to a provisional cease-fire. Unfortunately, we’re receiving reports of Russian actions that are inconsistent with these statements. We’re concerned about reports that Russian units have taken up positions on the east side of the city of Gori, which allows them to block the East-West Highway, divide the country, and threaten the capital of Tbilisi.
We’re concerned about reports that Russian forces have entered and taken positions in the port city of Poti, that Russian armored vehicles are blocking access to that port, and that Russia is blowing up Georgian vessels. We’re concerned about reports that Georgian citizens of all ethnic origins are not being protected. All forces, including Russian forces, have an obligation to protect innocent civilians from attack.
With these concerns in mind, I have directed a series of steps to demonstrate our solidarity with the Georgian people and bring about a peaceful resolution to this conflict. I’m sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to France, where she will confer with President Sarkozy. She will then travel to Tbilisi, where she will personally convey America’s unwavering support for Georgia’s democratic government. On this trip she will continue our efforts to rally the free world in the defense of a free Georgia.
I’ve also directed Secretary of Defense Bob Gates to begin a humanitarian mission to the people of Georgia, headed by the United States military. This mission will be vigorous and ongoing. A U.S. C-17 aircraft with humanitarian supplies is on its way. And in the days ahead we will use U.S. aircraft, as well as naval forces, to deliver humanitarian and medical supplies.
We expect Russia to honor its commitment to let in all forms of humanitarian assistance. We expect Russia to ensure that all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, airports, roads, and airspace, remain open for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for civilian transit. We expect Russia to meet its commitment to cease all military activities in Georgia. And we expect all Russian forces that entered Georgia in recent days to withdraw from that country.
As I have made clear, Russia’s ongoing action raise serious questions about its intentions in Georgia and the region. In recent years, Russia has sought to integrate into the diplomatic, political, economic, and security structures of the 21st century. The United States has supported those efforts. Now Russia is putting its aspirations at risk by taking actions in Georgia that are inconsistent with the principles of those institutions. To begin to repair the damage to its relations with the United States, Europe, and other nations, and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must keep its word and act to end this crisis.


I wonder if Russian WAR-KEEPERS, oops, sorry “peacekeepers”….

I just wonder, ok, obviously Russia would win, it’s ridiculous to debate about it, but!!! They won the fight, will they win the war?

I just wonder, Russia says it is fighting in defence of Russian citizens in South Ossetia. Who will they claim to be defending tomorrow? Russians in the Ukraine, Russians in the Baltic states who are already members of the EU and Nato? Interesingly surprising… 

When Ms Rice uses tough words, saying Russia had “seriously overreached” itself and “This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia where Russia can threaten a neighbour, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed.” I wonder what have changed and looking forward to those changes if so….

I wonder when Mark MacKinnon, a Globe and Mail reporter says Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili seriously misjudged the nature of how much help he could expect from the West , adding “Nobody wants to die for South Ossetia,” does he wonder that there are other political-diplomatic methods in order to avoid such detriment ?! If EU didn’t step in Baltic and other ex-communist countries’ direction, would he mind about the same problems (that Georgia has) in Latvia or Poland? Or just because now they are EU citizens it makes differenece between Dead Georgians and dead EU citizens, Russian agression in Tallin and the same Agression in Gori?! does it?!! That is why EU and NATO should care more about those “others” inspired with joining western institutions. If Georgia was in NATO nothing would happen… Everybody wants to be part of some “family” …. and once some countries are In some their citizens openly start telling us how owful EU is and how much nobody cares about Georgia, saying why can’t we be happy without EU or NATO knowing nothing about Georgias location, not saying about (at least) recent history and politics. May be EU should become less egocentric and more attentive to it’s doorstep countries? Telling them that Russia isn’t reliable gas supplier, I don’t mean that Russia will be run out of gas or oil next week (even after 10 years). I just want to remind them one simle truth: Russia will use it’s monopoly over gas supply as a weapon everytime it wishs. Sounds a  simple truth, but …….

I wonder
if following comments are too exaggerated and just for public. “I don’t mean to sound dramatic here, but I think this is the most dramatic foreign policy event since Sept. 11,” James Carafano of the conservative Heritage Foundation told CTV Newsnet on Wednesday. “This will fundamentally change how countries think about how they’re going to provide security in the decades ahead.” And another: “The European Union cannot be indifferent to this war, these massacres on our doorstep,” said French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.  I wonder, how?! 

I wonder, if Russian WAR-KEEPERS, oops, sorry “peacekeepers” leave Georgia tomorrow …….