Russia does not have a veto on Georgia’s foreign policy and billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili does not rule the country, the Georgian president has said.
The president, Giorgi Margvelashvili, spoke to EUobserver in Brussels after meeting Nato and EU leaders earlier in the week.
There is no imminent prospect of Georgia joining either of the clubs. Continue reading
The end of NATO is precisely what Putin, a master manipulator, is looking for. He knows NATO is weak. NATO is simply not ready for war and all U.S. tanks have been removed from Europe, yet Russia is preparing for war, is willing to strike as far as Poland and ready to strike 30 minutes before the alliance can even react.
Should Russia invade a tiny NATO member like Estonia, the Western powers will not be there in time. The anger will reach a boiling point, which is an understatement, to where all of Europe wants NATO out and a replacement. Enter the future European Army (See also here) from a German-led Fourth Reich… yet another story.
BRUSSELS – Chess legend Garry Kasparov was once the pride of the Soviet Union.
But 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall he lives in exile, accusing Russian leader Vladimir Putin of “strategic failure” and the EU establishment of “ignorance” in its dealings with Moscow.
Kasparov, who spoke to EUobserver on the eve of the Berlin Wall anniversary, said he will never forget the date it fell – 9 November 1989 – “because on that same day, four years earlier, I had just won the world [chess] championship”.
“What we are seeing in Russia is a resurgence of imperialism and nationalism in its most dangerous form,” he said, comparing Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Putin’s domestic propaganda to Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II.
“Just read what Putin has been saying in his [anti-West] speeches in the past year”.
“It’s 24/7 brainwashing of the Russian people … pure lies”.
BRUSSELS – Britain and France have said the only way to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to talk is to threaten him with arming rebels.
The foreign ministers of the EU’s top military powers – William Hague and Laurent Fabius – made their case in a joint letter, seen by EUobserver, sent to EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton on 21 March. Continue reading