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Originally posted by SaturnFX
Putin. lol...mans a joke.
Anyhow...so ya..an australian, wanted in sweden, turns himself in to authorities in the UK
I knew somehow this was the US's fault!
Guys off his rocker....hey Putin...guess what, Russia IS like a flipping mafia rule. Suck it up, your not pure and innocent..
The FT on Aug. 22 quoted Georgia's Deputy Defence Minister Batu Kutelia as saying Tbilisi had misjudged Russia, did not believe Moscow would respond to its Aug. 7 offensive in South Ossetia and was completely unprepared for the counter-attack. Kutelia said Tbilisi had made the decision to seize the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali despite the fact that its forces did not have enough anti-tank and air defences to protect themselves against the possibility of serious resistance. He said substantial foreign aid will be needed to rebuild the country's defensive capability, adding: "Unfortunately, we attached a low priority to this".
The FT said Kutelia was sitting at a desk with the flags of Georgia and NATO (to which Georgia does not belong) crossed behind him. It quoted him as saying: "We did not prepare for this kind of eventuality". He said the Georgian military felt there was only a low probability of a massive Russian counter-attack, despite the bloody way in which Russia destroyed Chechnya, on the other side of the Caucasus mountains, in two wars during the 1990s and the fact that separatists in South Ossetia and Abkhazia had Russian backing.
Kutelia said Georgian forces were unprepared when the Russian counter-strike came, adding: "I didn't think it likely that a member of the UN Security Council and the OSCE would react like this". The paper then said: "His amazement that Russia would use force against a smaller neighbour was echoed by David Darchiashvili, head of the parliamentary European integration committee. 'No one expected Russia would mobilise and invade', he said Georgia's 20,000-man army, built up at a cost of $2 bn with the help of US trainers and cast-off Warsaw Pact equipment, was organised to deal with 'brushfire' wars with separatist enclaves on its borders and to contribute to missions such as Iraq as a way of shoring up Georgia's ties with the West, not to do battle with Russia".
For seven years, Israeli companies have been helping the Georgian army to prepare itself for a war against Russia through arms deals, training infantry units and offering security advice, The Jerusalem Post recently claimed.
Hamburg - European observers have faulted Georgia in this month's Caucasus conflict, saying it made elaborate plans to seize South Ossetia, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday.
In a report to appear in its Monday edition, it said officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had said acts by the Georgian government had contributed to the outbreak of the crisis with Russia.
Spiegel said OSCE military observers in the Caucasus had described preparations by Georgia to move into South Ossetia.
The onslaught had begun before Russian armoured vehicles entered a southbound tunnel under the Caucasus Mountains to South Ossetia.
It said the OSCE report also described suspected war crimes by the Georgians, including the Georgians ordering attacks on sleeping South Ossetian civilians.