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Russia: End Of Peace In Europe. [With Updates]

RUSSIA last night provoked fresh fears of a Cold War by boasting it has tested a new long-range nuclear missile. Moscow’s military chiefs revealed their Topol intercontinental stealth rocket had been fired successfully.

The chilling declaration was aimed at sparking international alarm about the conflict in the Caucasus, diplomats claimed. Foreign Secretary David Miliband tried to calm the crisis by saying no country wants “all-out war” with Russia.

But he admitted the invasion of Georgia has brought an end to peace in Europe.

Meanwhile, Russia blames the UK and USA of "provoking" the USSR's invasion of Georgia.
But Russia last night accused the UK of direct involvement in helping Georgia’s armed forces.

They even suggest that it is the Republican ticket that provoked this fight in order to make that party look better for the Presidential vote.

Vladimir Putin, the country's paramount leader, lashed out at the United States on Thursday, contending that the White House may have orchestrated the conflict to benefit one of the candidates in the American presidential election.

Putin's comments in a television interview, his most extensive to date on Russia's decision to send troops into Georgia earlier this month, sought to present the military operation as a response to brazen, cold war-style provocations by the United States. In tones that seemed alternately angry and mischievous, he suggested that the Bush administration may have tried to create a crisis that would influence American voters in the choice of a successor to President George W. Bush.

[UPDATE:] WND has a further story, this time from Medvedev's mouth.

Medvedev: 'We are not afraid of anything – including the prospect of a Cold War'

Fears are mounting that Russia may restrict oil deliveries to Western Europe over coming days, in response to the threat of EU sanctions and Nato naval actions in the Black Sea.

Any such move would be a dramatic escalation of the Georgia crisis and play havoc with the oil markets.

Reports have begun to circulate in Moscow that Russian oil companies are under orders from the Kremlin to prepare for a supply cut to Germany and Poland through the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline. It is believed that executives from lead-producer LUKoil have been put on weekend alert.

Oh Goody!! Am glad that we are going to get rid of Mid-East oil in 10 years under Obamassiah. That way we can rely on Russian oil. Oh.. guess not, huh. Wonder where we will get that oil then. It sure won't come from our supply.

Well, at least the world is getting tough on [strike]USSR[/strike] Russia. Even Georgia is firing back.
Georgia says cutting diplomatic ties with Russia

[Update 2:] From the Timesonline comes this juicy bit of news:
Kremlin announces that South Ossetia will join 'one united Russian state

The Kremlin moved swiftly to tighten its grip on Georgia’s breakaway regions yesterday as South Ossetia announced that it would soon become part of Russia, which will open military bases in the province under an agreement to be signed on Tuesday.

Tarzan Kokoity, the province’s Deputy Speaker of parliament, announced that South Ossetia would be absorbed into Russia soon so that its people could live in “one united Russian state” with their ethnic kin in North Ossetia.

You know what that means? "one united Russia"? That is the USSR. Welcome back to the USSR!!


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