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  • Krysia
    Some distressing new of late in respect to anti missile shields in Poland. Below is a short version of the article. pozdrawiam Krystyna Putin s address shocks
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 15, 2008
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      Some distressing new of late in respect to anti
      missile shields in Poland.
      Below is a short version of the article.
      pozdrawiam Krystyna

      Putin's address shocks Warsaw
      15.02.2008

      Listen; http://tinyurl.com/38xazk

      The Polish political scene was seriously rocked by the
      address to the nation delivered by Russian president
      Vladimir Putin. In no certain terms the Russian head
      of state spoke about the threats, he sees in the
      installment of the anti missile shields on Polish and
      Czech territories and Russia's possible counter
      reactions.
      ...'Who asked the Poles or the Czechs: Do they want
      these systems or not?’ Putin stressed.

      http://tinyurl.com/34j8dc




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    • Carol Dove
      I have a hard time understanding why Ukraine would take threats from Putin and think that in there future they will remain independent. Ukraine folded to the
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 15, 2008
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        I have a hard time understanding why Ukraine would take threats from Putin and think that in there future they will remain independent. Ukraine folded to the threats so now Pres. Putin is back on Poland.He has also been buzzing US with his fighter planes, this has not been done since the cold war. Check to see if you can use my link below as I am blocked now from the US?

        "On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin warned Yushchenko that Russia may target its missiles at Ukraine if it joins NATO and agrees to host a U.S. missile shield."

        IMO Ukraine should join NATO ASAP and never back down to Russia's demands or threats.

        Viktor YushchenkoFebruary 14, 2008, 1:23
        Yushchenko rules out NATO bases in Ukraine
        Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko says his country is prepared to strengthen its constitution to make sure there will never be any NATO bases on its soil.

        During a meeting with the Ukrainian community in Moscow, Yuschenko said the country is to hold a referendum on NATO membership.

        On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin warned Yushchenko that Russia may target its missiles at Ukraine if it joins NATO and agrees to host a U.S. missile shield.

        However, the two leaders did manage to settle the latest gas dispute and prevent the cutting of supplies.
         



        I totally aggree, but with threats coming from Russia I see this as Ukraine's fear.

        http://russiatoday.ru/news/news/20903



        Krysia <thymetrax@...> wrote:
        Some distressing new of late in respect to anti
        missile shields in Poland.
        Below is a short version of the article.
        pozdrawiam Krystyna

        Putin's address shocks Warsaw
        15.02.2008

        Listen; http://tinyurl. com/38xazk

        The Polish political scene was seriously rocked by the
        address to the nation delivered by Russian president
        Vladimir Putin. In no certain terms the Russian head
        of state spoke about the threats, he sees in the
        installment of the anti missile shields on Polish and
        Czech territories and Russia's possible counter
        reactions.
        ...'Who asked the Poles or the Czechs: Do they want
        these systems or not?’ Putin stressed.

        http://tinyurl. com/34j8dc

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      • Jan Niechwiadowicz
        Dear Group, The Ukraine and Belarus need our support but do not forget Georgia. Regards Jan Russia Warns It May Back Breakaway Republics in Georgia
        Message 3 of 3 , Feb 16, 2008
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          Dear Group,

          The Ukraine and Belarus need our support but do not forget Georgia.

          Regards

          Jan

          Russia Warns It May Back Breakaway Republics in Georgia

          http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/16/world/europe/16breakaway.html?
          ref=world

          Russia held a high-level meeting with the leaders of two breakaway
          republics in Georgia on Friday, and vowed to increase its support for
          the separatists if Kosovo declared its independence and was
          recognized by the West.

          The meeting, coupled with vocal warnings in Russia's Parliament that
          it would react strongly to a declaration of independence by Kosovo,
          threatened to push the Kremlin and the West into a fresh and
          potentially volatile standoff over the status of separatist
          territories in Georgia.

          Kosovo is expected within days to declare its independence from
          Serbia, Russia's traditional ally.

          The Kremlin has long objected to the move, and even threatened to
          retaliate by recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two breakaway
          regions it supports inside Georgia's internationally recognized
          borders, as independent states.

          Russia has in the past several years granted Russian citizenship to
          almost all residents in the separatist enclaves. In anticipation of
          further engagement with the regions, Sergey V. Lavrov, Russia's
          foreign minister, met here with the presidents of the regions' de
          facto governments.

          Mr. Lavrov then issued a stern but vague statement saying Russia was
          prepared to expand its case diplomatically in the days ahead. "The
          declaration and recognition of Kosovar independence will make Russia
          adjust its line toward Abkhazia and South Ossetia," he said in a
          statement.

          Increasing financial assistance is among the steps Russia might take,
          he said.

          Abkhazia and South Ossetia border Russia along the Caucasus ridge,
          and broke from Georgia after brief wars in the early 1990s. Their
          status has simmered as a source of contention and ethnic tension in
          the years since.

          Both regions have declared self-rule, but in fact are managed as
          Russian protectorates. The standoffs, labeled "frozen conflicts,"
          have been sources of unsuccessful international mediation and worries
          of renewed fighting.

          Georgia in recent years has strongly protested the Russian support,
          accusing the Kremlin of hypocrisy.

          It has noted that Russia has supported separatists inside Georgia
          while holding Russia's own sovereignty inviolable and waging a bitter
          war and counterinsurgency against separatists on the other side of
          the Caucasus ridge, in Chechnya.

          The military, diplomatic and public relations campaigns in the region
          have all the while been layered with intrigue.

          One of the most prominent fighters in the Abkhaz war against Georgia,
          for example, was Shamil Basayev, the Chechen separatist and terrorist
          who became Russia's most wanted man.

          Georgian officials have said that Mr. Basayev's career as a terrorist
          began as a proxy in Abkhazia for Russia's secret services, and that
          his presence in the war was a mark of Kremlin sponsorship and
          duplicity. Mr. Basayev, the eventual architect of the worst acts of
          terrorism in post-Soviet Russia, died in 2006.

          Since President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia rose to power in 2003
          and vowed to unify the country, there have been occasional skirmishes
          and mortar and rocket barrages along the borders between the de facto
          regions and areas under federal control.

          The latest meeting between Mr. Lavrov and Eduard Kokoity, the
          president of South Ossetia, and Sergei Bagapsh, the Abkhaz president,
          ended without a concrete plan for all of the steps ahead, Irina Y.
          Gagloyeva, a spokeswoman for the Ossetian government, said by
          telephone.

          But she said that Mr. Lavrov pledged Russia's strong support, and the
          three sides did agree that any questions of the regions' own
          statehood would be raised incrementally if Kosovo was recognized by
          the West.

          The first step, Ms. Gagloyeva said, would be to press Georgia to
          engage in negotiations at the presidential level to lead to a step-by-
          step settlement of the lingering disputes.

          "We see Kosovo as a precedent that attracts attention to our
          problem," she said. "It is a very serious problem of the unrecognized
          state, to which the big powers and major international organizations
          have a biased approach."
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