August 19, 2008 |
The Russian military said Monday that it had begun pulling back troops that had swarmed into the nation of Georgia last week. But U.S. and Georgian officials and news reports indicated that, at least initially, little had changed on the ground. Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of Russia's general staff, told reporters at a regular briefing here that Russian forces had started the process of leaving Georgia proper as part of a cease-fire signed in recent days by the two nations' presidents.
August 18, 2008 |
The Kremlin said Sunday that Russia's military would begin withdrawing its forces from Georgia today, though it was not immediately clear how far or how fast the troops would move. Germany's leader, meanwhile, voiced strong support for this former Soviet republic's desire to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a goal that has fed Moscow's anger toward Georgia and the West. The Kremlin statement followed repeated U.S. and European calls for Russia to honor a cease-fire agreement it signed Saturday and pull troops out of Georgia proper.
February 5, 2004 |
In an escalating crackdown on corruption in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, police using roadblocks and helicopters engaged in shootouts Wednesday with alleged smugglers. Authorities also said former President Eduard A. Shevardnadze might stand trial for corruption. "Of course the personal safety of President Shevardnadze is guaranteed, but no one is above the law," Georgian Interior Minister Georgy Baramidze said in a telephone interview from Tbilisi, the capital.
April 8, 2002 |
Russian peacekeepers guarding the fragile truce between Georgia and the breakaway region of Abkhazia came under intense attack in an overnight gun battle, Russian commander Alexander Yevteyev said. Yevteyev said the peacekeepers returned fire and the gun battle died down. Abkhazia alleges that Georgia is planning to attack it. Georgia says it will use force only as a last resort.
March 20, 2002 |
Four Russian peacekeepers taken prisoner by an unknown group in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia were freed in exchange for two Georgians detained earlier by Russian forces. The three officers and one soldier had been abducted from their post near Abkhazia's border with Georgia's government-controlled territory Monday evening, Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Paata Gomelauri said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1999
The capture of the three servicemen by Serbian forces (April 1) is going to go down as one of the most mortifying and outrageously stupid events in U.S. history. Given our country's humiliating and painful experience with hostages and POW scenarios, why would we allow NATO to position a handful of our young men along the border of a country that is being overrun by a bloodthirsty, genocidal army? I can't be the only person who knew that taking hostages by these maniacs was the most obvious move they could make to influence public opinion in the West.