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NATO Drawn Into Growing Russian Spy Row

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posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 02:05 PM
NATO defense ministers have asked Russia and Georgia to resolve their differences peacefully amid the recall of Russian diplomats from the Georgian Capitol of Tblisi. Georgia has been holding four Russian intelligence officers on espionage charges. Relations between Russia and it's former satellite state have continued to worsen since the election of Mikheil Saakashvili as president in 2003. Saakashvili was elected on promises to completely free Georgia from it's connections to Russia, improve relations with the west and seek membership in NATO.
Last week, after months of hesitation, NATO said it was starting "intensified dialogue" with Georgia over the country’s possible entry into the alliance, an outcome which further angered Moscow.

Georgia, in turn, has accused Moscow of backing separatists in its troubled, pro-Russian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in an attempt to undermine the Government – an allegation which Russia denies.

Only last Friday, Mr Saakashvili accused Moscow from the rostrum of the UN of trying to annex the breakaway provinces.

In a further development, the Russian Defence Minister today accused eastern European members of NATO of illicitly supplying Soviet-made arms to Georgia, moments after holding tense talks with NATO defence ministers.

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Georgia is seeking to maintain a democratic society and take a larger role on the world scene which angers Russia who wants to keep a stranglehold on all of it's former satellites. Georgia has been seeking membership in NATO for some time and now NATO is asking them to join. Thyis further escalates Russia's aggressive policies toward Georgia. Now Russia has pulled out all of their diplomats and are preparing troops for a possible incursion. Stay tuned!

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