Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Russia shoots down spy drone from Georgia?

Russia Says Spy Drone Violated U.N. Agreement

Russia hit back at Georgia on Tuesday over the shooting down of a spy drone Sunday, saying the unmanned Georgian flight over the breakaway region of Abkhazia breached U.N. cease-fire agreements.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said the drone had been shot down by separatist forces in Abkhazia. The Russian air force denied Georgian claims that a Russian fighter had downed the craft.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday clashed publicly with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the incident, just two weeks after NATO promised the small Caucasus state it would one day become a member of the military alliance.

Russia, opposed to NATO expansion nearer to its borders, is forging closer ties with Georgia's two breakaway regions.

The two regions are Abkhazia and South Ossetia, they brokeaway from Georgia in the 90's.
Russia has been tacitly supporting the regions autonomy, granting residents citizenship, encouraging their use of the ruble as their choice of currency.

Interesting after this incident on Sunday, we have;

Georgian official in US seeking support

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia's foreign minister said he wants the United States to make clear to Russia that steps toward recognition of two breakaway Georgian territories will have a price.

David Bakradze said in an interview with The Associated Press that he also is seeking to isolate Russia in an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council Wednesday.

Additionally, he planned to meet Wednesday with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and national security adviser Stephen Hadley. He said he was seeking a strong U.S. condemnation of a move last week by Russia to establish stronger ties with the two territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

I am wondering where did Georgia get the drone? Why are they spying on these independant regions? If the US is concerned Russia will officialy recognize these two independant states, why then did they recognize Kosovo?

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