Friday, 12 September 2008

Russia attacks Cheney

After the fighting had died down, a rather tired-looking Dick Cheney travelled to Tbilisi to show support for Georgia and its prospects for joining NATO. Russia immediately attacked the American Vice-President for supporting Georgian aggression. A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Cheney’s gesture would strengthen “the dangerous feeling of impunity” and “dangerous ambition” in Georgia. Cheney told his Georgian host, President Mikheil Saakashvili, that the flagship of the US 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean had been despatched to the Georgian port of Poti. Cheney said that this ship, which is equipped with the most modern surveillance equipment, was delivering baby food to the people of Georgia. The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman questioned whether indeed the ship was being used for this purpose. “Navy ships of this class are ill suited to the transport of large quantities of aid,” he said. “They have plenty of space for the crew’s supplies but do they have room for dozens of tons of aid?” Cheney then travelled to Ukraine, where the pro-Western President, Victor Yushchenko, is increasingly beleaguered as his own government has turned against him and is trying to take away his powers. [Süddeutsche Zeitung, 5 September 2008]

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