NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING

  • Latest News
  • Pitch a Story
  • Work with a Journalist
  • Join the Blog Squad
  • Afghanistan
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Baltimore
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Russia
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Health Care
  • Military
  • Occupy
  • Organize This
  • Reality Asserts Itself
  • US Politics
  • NATO warns Russia


    Western powers send tough message; Russian minister responds -   August 20, 2008
    Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here


    Audio

      Share to Twitter
    Share to Facebook




    I support The Real News Network because it is news - David Pear
    Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

    Precis

    NATO allies warned Russia on Tuesday that the alliance's cooperation with Moscow would depend on the pullout of troops from Georgia. They insisted Georgia remained on track to join NATO despite Moscow's opposition. The emergency meeting in Brussels highlighted a rift within the 27-nation bloc between former Soviet satellite nations wanting tough action against Russia and western European members warning against antagonizing Moscow. In an editorial from The Independent newspaper entitled “NATO is walking a tightrope over Georgia” Anne Penketh states that “[NATO] foreign ministers want to send a tough message to the Kremlin, but the big powers know that they cannot afford to isolate Moscow which remains an essential partner for the US and Europe in dealing with other major crises such as the showdown with Iran over its nuclear programme.”

    Transcript

    NATO warns RussiaNATO warns Russia

    Producer: Zaa Nkweta

    ZAA NKWETA (VOICEOVER): NATO allies warned Russia on Tuesday that the alliance's cooperation with Moscow would depend on the pullout of troops from Georgia. They insisted Georgia remained on track to join NATO despite Moscow's opposition.

    JAAP DE HOOP SCHEFFER, SECRETARY GENERAL, NATO: There can be no business as usual with Russia under present circumstances, and the future of our relations will depend on the concrete actions Russia will take to honor the words of President Medvedev to abide by the six-point peace plan.

    NKWETA: The emergency meeting in Brussels highlighted a rift within the 27-nation bloc between former Soviet satellite nations wanting tough action against Russia and Western European members warning against antagonizing Moscow. The NATO allies also agreed to strengthen relations with Georgia by creating a special consultative body. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice underlined the need for an international peacekeeping force in the region that suggested they should not include Russian elements.

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE, US SECRETARY OF STATE: There will need to be an international peacekeeping force as a part of a broader resolution of the conflicts in both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, because there will have to be a peacekeeping force that is neutral. I think it's quite clear that Russia has become a party to this conflict.

    NKWETA: Russia's foreign minister criticized NATO on Tuesday. Addressing a news conference in Moscow, Sergey Lavrov insisted Moscow was not occupying Georgia and had no plans to annex the separatist Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

    SERGEY LAVROV, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER (SUBTITLED TRANSLATION): Russia hasn't occupied anyone, is not planning to occupy anyone. We don't have any plans to annex anyone's territory. We are fulfilling, through our peacekeeping forces, those functions set out in the agreements signed by conflicting sides, including Georgia. In this case it is not the NATO countries who are telling Mr. Saakashvili what actions he should take, which correspond to NATO's high standards, but it is Mr. Saakashvili who is dictating to the democratically developed countries, including NATO countries, what they must do in order to satisfy his ambitions.

    NKWETA: In the port city of Poti, Russian soldiers purportedly captured Georgian servicemen at a key port. The Associated Press could not independently confirm their country of origin. A small column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles withdrew from the strategic Georgian city of Gori on Tuesday in the direction of South Ossetia. The move was part of Russia's pullback mandated by a ceasefire that required both sides to return to positions held before fighting broke out on August 7 in South Ossetia, Georgia. In an editorial from The Independent newspaper entitled "NATO is walking a tightrope with Georgia," Anne Penketh states that NATO foreign ministers want to send a tough message to the Kremlin, but the big powers know they cannot afford to isolate Moscow, which remains an essential partner for the US and Europe in dealing with other major crises, such as the showdown with Iran over its nuclear program.

    DISCLAIMER:

    Please note that TRNN transcripts are typed from a recording of the program; The Real News Network cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


    Comments

    Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

    Comments


    Latest Stories


    Despite Growing International Condemnation, No End to Gaza Violence in Sight
    Reaganism and Thatcherism were Intellectually Dishonest - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
    Besieged war-torn Gaza, experiencing the saddest Eid since 1967
    Do US Satellite Images Show Russia Firing Rockets into Ukraine?
    Uber: Cheap Ride Alternative or Death Knell for Cabbies?
    Gaza baker risks life amid war to provide bread
    New Senate Bill Fails To Address Root Causes of Central American Migration
    One-Man Show "Mercy Killers" Reveals Dark Side of Healthcare System
    Nigerians Must Defend Themselves, Oppose the State of Emergency and US Intervention (3/3)
    Why Canada Continues to Back Israel Despite Gaza Assault
    UN's Investigation of Israel Should Go Beyond War Crimes to Genocide
    12-Hour Truce in Gaza, Protests in the West Bank
    Al-Aqsa Brigades Open Fire on Israeli Forces at the Qalandia Checkpoint.
    From Palestine to Baltimore, Protesters Demand an End to Bloody Gaza Assault
    Israel Boycott Gains Traction As Gaza Assault Continues
    No Safe Place in Gaza: How Silence Encouraged a Genocide
    Detroit Water Shutoffs on Pause, but Is It Enough?
    Obamacare Subsides on the Line
    TRNN Gaza Reporter's Family Killed in Israeli Assault
    Is Israeli Public Opinion Turning after 700 Palestinian Deaths?
    Big Oil and the Nigerian Frankenstein (2/3)
    Developing Countries' Commitment to Multilateralism in WTO a Stumbling Block for Lead Firms? - Faizel Ismail (3/3)
    Israeli Human Rights Spokesperson: Attacks on Civilians Unjustifiable
    What Is Shaping Global Production and US & EU Trade Policy? - Faizel Ismail (2/3)
    US Courts Defend Rights of Vulture Funds Over Argentina
    Police Brutality and the Failure of Liberal Democrats
    "We Are Going through Hell" - Report from Gaza
    Lack of International Pressure Permits Endless Assault on Gaza
    What is the Doha Round and How Many Livelihoods Hang in the Balance? - Faizel Ismail (1/3)
    Dodd-Frank Still Not Fully Implemented Four Years Later

    RealNewsNetwork.com, Real News Network, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of IWT.TV inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and Real News Network.

    All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network.  Click here for more

    Problems with this site? Please let us know

    Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting