THE “COLD WAR” CONTINUES
Sarkozy warns Russia over Georgia ‘threats’ during tour
From the BBC
October 7, 2011
See the related story about petroleum in the area.
See Dr. Pinna’s comments below…
Mr Sarkozy helped negotiate a peace deal between Russia and Georgia in 2008
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told thousands of Georgians in the capital, Tbilisi, that Russia should stop making “threats” against its neighbour.
Mr Sarkozy said Russia was considered a friend, but attempts to intimidate Georgia were “unacceptable”.
He said Russia should abide by the terms of a ceasefire agreed in 2008, which the French leader helped broker.
It is Mr Sarkozy’s first visit to Georgia in three years.
The Georgian government’s hope is that a high-profile event will remind the world that, according to Georgia, Russia has not stuck to its side of the 2008 ceasefire agreement: international observers are still not let into the Russian-backed breakaway territories.
Mr Sarkozy did not disappoint his Georgian hosts. “European monitors must be allowed into Abkhazia and South Ossetia, to ensure that the rights of the people there are respected,” he said.
He also said that Russia must allow the tens of thousands of Georgians, who had fled the conflict zones, to return to their homes.
Mr Sarkozy, who faces elections in April, will be hoping that Friday’s positive images of jubilant crowds will remind voters of the leadership he has shown on the international stage.
But even with the French flags and music, this region is a long way from France and French voters’ concerns. The cheering may have boosted Mr Sarkozy’s spirits. But it’s unlikely to do the same for his flagging popularity back home.
Speaking in Tbilisi’s Freedom Square, Mr Sarkozy said France was committed to “the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity” of Georgia.
“France sees Russia as its friend, as a strategic partner. But to restore confidence, threats, intimidation, threats and attempts to destabilise (the situation) are fully unacceptable,” Mr Sarkozy said.
He said Georgia should be able to express its aspirations to join the EU and Nato despite Russian opposition.
Georgia accuses Russia of violating the 2008 peace deal by not pulling its troops back to pre-war positions and “occupying” the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Russia recognised the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008.
It has had a peacekeeping force in the territories since the 1990s.
Mr Sarkozy also held talks with his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili.
Georgia is the last leg of Mr Sarkozy’s Caucasus tour, after visits to Azerbaijan and Armenia.
HERE IS THE RELATED STORY FROM PRESS TV
DATED OCT 8, 2011
BP reopens S. Caucasus gas pipeline
Fri, 15 Aug 2008 09:43:39 GMT
British Petroleum has resumed gas transport through a South Caucasus pipeline running offshore from Azerbaijan to Georgia and Turkey.
The resumption commenced on Thursday after an EU-brokered truce between Russian and Georgian troops.
“BP began filling the South Caucasus pipeline again today [Thursday] because we believe it is now safe enough to do so,” said Toby Odone, a BP spokesman.
But the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline remains closed. The line normally transports 90,000 barrels per day from Baku to Supsa on the Georgian Black Sea. The flow was halted Tuesday over concerns about the military conflict between Russia and Georgia.
The Baku-Supsa pipeline is used as a ‘back-up’ for the main Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline to the Turkish Mediterranean. The BTC pipeline has been shut down since early August after the bombing of the Turkish section of the pipeline by Kurdish separatists.
BTC is the world’s second largest pipeline, capable of transporting 1.2 million barrels of oil per
Dr. Pinna says…
As anyone with half a brain can see, these stories are all about
The Western Oil Cartels want an oil pipeline through Georgia,
so they can bypass Russia and Turkey and sell their product in Europe.
The Russians and Turks need the money from these sales and
they are blocking the proposed pipeline through Georgia.
The poor Georgian people are being played as victims by
the Oil Cartel Puppet, Sarkozy.
The Georgian people, a very intelligent group, who have
descended from three major tribes in the Caucuses , during the last
two thousand years, are the real victims.
The Oil Cartels put in a New York trained Lawyer as their
President, Mikheil Saakashvili.
Today, is Propaganda Day for the Cretini (Idiots) of the world.
We see Sarkozy, Saakashvili and the press moaning and
groaning about the poor Georgian people.
In the background, the Russian Technocrats and the Western
Oil Cartels are trying to make a deal about the petroleum sold in Europe.
As a friend of mine would always say…
“It’s only Money!”