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Georgia; Israeli connection, Ukrainian support, Its about Oil and Iran

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This conflict feels more and more related to the Iran conflict; namely that Russia persists in supporting Iran. This conflict is to see what Russia is made of. And the conflict is also about the energy supplies to Europe.

Clearly Iran is Israel’s main enemy. And the whole Georgian operation has an Israeli flavour to it. Here is an excerpt from one of Israel’s main papers on the Israeli connection”

War in Georgia: The Israeli connection

For past seven years, Israeli companies have been helping Gerogian army to preparer for war against Russia through arms deals, training of infantry units and security advice

Arie Egozi 08.10.08, 11:53 / Israel News


The Defense Ministry held a special meeting Sunday to discuss the various arms deals held by Israelis in Georgia, but no change in policy has been announced as of yet.

The fighting which broke out over the weekend between Russia and Georgia has brought Israel’s intensive involvement in the region into the limelight. This involvement includes the sale of advanced weapons to Georgia and the training of the Georgian army’s infantry forces. Source

And just like in Iraq the use of mercenaries (contractors) is coming to the fore. As long as private companies push the war effort, the western Governments might allow the conflict. But it seems hard to imagine the EU having the stomach to become militarily involved.

Dead Mercenaries Found in Tskhinvali

Authorities in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia claim that dark-skinned mercenaries took part in the attack on Tskhinvali, reports RIA Novosti, citing representative of the South Ossetian president in Russia Dmitry Medoev. He said there were bodies of many Georgian soldiers on the streets on Tskhinvali. “There were blacks among the dead, who were probably either mercenaries or instructors in the Georgian armed forces,” Medoev said.

Source

Abkhazia has declared a state of war.

The separatist region of Abkhazia has declared a 10-day ‘state of war’ in its territories close to the de facto borders with Georgia.

And the Iranian President is visiting Turkey:

Israeli officials criticize Iranian President Ahmedinejad’s visit to Turkey scheduled for next Thursday.

Some reports say Turkey has moved troops closer to Georgia’s border: Other reports speak of Ukraine’s support for Georgia, and its right to refuse to allow Russian Ships into RussiasBlack Sea base (in Ukraine).

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Map from http://www.mytravelguide.com/travel-tools/maps/Black-Sea-map.php

Here is some info on he BTC pipeline which is so much a part of all this!:

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline runs a total of 1768 km., of which 443 km. stretches through Azerbaijan, 249 km. through Georgia and 1076 km. through Turkey. Construction of the pipeline began in 2003 and it began to pump oil on May 18, 2005. About 1 million barrels of oil per year are pumped through the pipeline. Construction of the pipeline cost $4 billion, not counting the filling of the pipeline, financial servicing or interest costs. The shareholders in the pipeline are BP (30,1%), AzBTC (25%), Chevron (8,9%), StatoilHydro (8,71%), ТРАО (6,53%), ENI (5%), Total (5%), Itochu (3,4%), Inpex (2,5%), ConocoPhillips (2,5%) and Hess (2,36%). Source

Georgia declares unilateral cease-fire in South Ossetia

The Interfax news agency reports that the Russian Foreign
Ministry also confirmed receiving the note but said that
Georgian troops aren’t observing the cease-fire pledge yet.

Written by morris

August 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm

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