What's the deal with Russia and Georgia?
I just don't get it all. And I have a report to write on it. Whoever explains with most detail and includes relative locations, America's current standing on it, and each of the current presidential candidate's current standing on it gets best answer. Thanks.
- solarianusLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Russia has been funding, supplying, and supporting rebels in part of Georgia for a decade and a half. For the past few years, they have been handing out Russian passports to Georgian rebels. Several months ago, they shot down a couple Georgian UAVs. More recently they have been protecting aforementioned rebels who have been launching attacks on neighboring parts of Georgia. Georgia attempted to put an end to this by launching an attack against the rebels. They succeeded in retaking the area from the rebels. Russia proceeding to launch a multi-pronged invasion using the military forces they had been building up on the border. Russian military being gigantic compared to the Georgian military, it didn't take too long for the Russian sledgehammer tactic to overwhelm their defenses. After an outcry from the international community, Russia agreed to leave the areas it had occupied. It failed to do so. Several agreements were made, but none of them have been fulfilled by Russia, with their troops currently occupying areas they agreed to leave. They also stole some US property while there. Russia has 'recognized' the independence of two rebel controlled areas of Georgia. A recognition that nobody else views as valid.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Georgia has a large population of Russians in certain Northern provinces of Georgia who wanted their regions to be part of Russia. The Georgians have harassed, destroyed property and discriminated against the Russians in those regions.
Georgia had supplied troops to the USA's "coalition of the willing" for the IRaq war. The Georgians seemed to believe the USA would back them and/or the Russians would be intimidated from protecting the Russian population as Georgia launched an all out attack to ethnically cleanse South Ossetia. Georgia was wrong, they got beat quickly by superior Russian forces.
It's appalling how John McCain is spewing a pack of lies that the Russians are the aggressors. That Obama doesn't stongly disagree with that crap is more a reflection of nuance, that the Russians are going too far and there's a chance the war and more deaths could occur.
Make no mistake about it, Georgia is NOT a democracy as spewed out by the American media, you really need to find some British reports on this conflict to get further details.
- cordwellLv 44 years ago
Russia did no longer intrude In Georgia!!! Russian armies have entered into South Ossetia to circumvent destruction of this united states with the aid of the Georgian armies that have long previous to combat with the aid of order of the mad president of Georgia. The president of Georgia has dedicated an undesirable crime, having all started protection tension operations interior the 1st day of the Olympic video games. Even interior the classic time, while there have been many wars, during the Olympic video games "the weapon" might desire to be silent. it is the main historic regulation. Russian people had mixed emotions at present laughter and indignation while observed how this occasion is presented with the aid of the yank mass-media. And already all united states could no longer constrain a laughter while has seen that thousand people evaluate that Russian have intruded in American state Georgia. stunning pronunciation of this united states no longer Georgia. wisely to communicate Gruzia.
- mike huntLv 41 decade ago
you have to go back to ww2.when it was over russia basically said to america we will fix everything up and annexed alot of those countries with funny names.kazikstan,usbekistan,georgia,estonia,lithuania, and latvia to name a few.well they didnt want this but the russians said to bad.noone did anything.well when any of the countries wanted out or tried to protest they where beat back.well years of oppression and poverty started to eat away at everyone in these republics so they fought back and the russians started killing them.after the fall of communism these countries reformed and it was quite embarrassing for the russians.the autrocities where leaked and all hell broke loose.the georgians seem to want a pound of flesh from the russians and are fighting to get them out of their country but they dont want to go.there was a documentary on that movie theater in russia that georgian rebels took over and kidnapped evryone.then the russians poisened everyone.they interviewed some survivors and you could tell the hate each other like youve never seen.
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- 1 decade ago
what about our Georgia, remember they hosted the olympics; they are having some serious problems at the gas pumps. It's not the price that is a factor, but rather the supply.
- 1 decade ago
In July 2008, hostilities started between Ossetian militia and Georgian armed forces. This led to a full-fledged attack of Georgian armed forces with artillery and MLRS fire on Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) on Friday August 8. The Russian government claims that 1,600 Ossetians were killed in this attack, although Human Rights Watch disputes the figure and gives the number of dead at 44 . One day later, Russian troops entered South Ossetia through the Roki tunnel, claiming support of Ossetians and Russian peacekeepers already stationed there. Russian military forces entered South Ossetia and Abkhazia launching a series of air strikes against Georgian forces. Due to the intensive fighting in South Ossetia there were many disputed reports about the number of casualties on both sides, targets which had fallen under aerial attacks, troop movements and the current front line between the Georgian and Russian-Ossetian combat units. On August 12, Russian President Medvedev met the President-in-Office of the European Union, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and approved a six-point peace plan. Late that night Georgian President Saakashvili agreed to the text. The translation of the six points is by the Times, from a French language document provided by a Georgian negotiator. Sarkozy's plan originally had just the first four points. Russia added the fifth and sixth points. Georgia asked for the additions in parentheses, but Russia rejected them, and Sarkozy convinced Georgia to agree to the unchanged text.
1. No recourse to the use of force.
2. Definitive cessation of hostilities.
3. Free access to humanitarian aid (addition rejected: and to allow the return of refugees).
4. Georgian military forces must withdraw to their normal bases of encampment.
5. Russian military forces must withdraw to the lines prior to the start of hostilities. While awaiting an international mechanism, Russian peacekeeping forces will implement additional security measures (addition rejected: six months).
6. Opening of international discussions on the modalities of lasting security in Abkhazia and South Ossetia (addition rejected: based on the decisions of the U.N. and the O.S.C.E.).
According to RIA Novosti, "Sarkozy told a briefing after talks with his Georgian counterpart that the deal also includes some changes requested by Georgia... 'we have removed the issue of South Ossetia's status from the document'". But the New York Times, citing a Georgian negotiator, reported that Sarkozy convinced Georgia to accept the Russian version unchanged, after Medvedev waited two hours to return his phone call and then rejected the proposed changes. The U.S. newspaper further asserted that the fifth point was crucial, and Russia used it to justify continuing hostilities into Georgia proper after the agreement.
On August 14, Dmitry Medvedev met with South Ossetia President Eduard Kokoity and Abkhazia President Sergei Bagapsh, where they signed the six principles. Reports of widespread fighting, looting and burning have circulated in Western media outlets, prompting, among others, US President George W. Bush to urge Russia to withdraw to its pre-ceasefire positions. Bush also committed US Air Force and US Navy to efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Georgian cities and blockaded ports. On September 3, Bush proposed $1 billion in humanitarian and economic assistance to help repair Georgia.
On August 22, Anatoliy Serdyukov, the Defence Minister of the Russian Federation, reported to Dmitry Medvedev that "the Russian Army units used in the peace enforcement mission finished the withdrawal from the territory of Georgia by 19:50 Moscow time".
On August 25, 2008, the Russian Parliament unanimously voted to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent nations. On the next day Dmitry Medvedev made a statement that he signed Decrees whereby the Russian Federation recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
(Sorry for the long copy and paste, but it's complicated).
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I don't know... I live in Georgia and I haven't seen a single Russian soldier.