Putin: We must end monopoly in world finance

The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, has called for a complete overhaul of the world’s financial system in order to guarantee stability and ensure progress. He was speaking in Astana in Kazakhstan, where the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is meeting to in discuss the global financial crisis.

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Regions back Medvedev over Caucasus

President Medvedev says the country had no option but to intervene militarily after Georgian forces killed hundreds of civilians and some Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia. He made the statement at a meeting of the heads of Russia’s regions in the Kremlin.

Medvedev told the State Council meeting that his government had acted responsibly.

“There isn’t a single country in the world that would tolerate its citizens and peacekeepers being killed. Russia was obliged to save these people”.

At the Moscow meeting, the government’s position was backed by regional leaders.

The Republic of Tatarstan’s President, Mentimir Shaimiyev, said recent events showed that ethnic conflicts cannot be solved by force.

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Georgian minister: Israel has sold us out

Israel has joined in the West’s betrayal of Georgia, the Georgian reintegration minister, Temur Yakobashvili, told Haaretz yesterday. As the official in charge of bringing Abkhazia and South Ossetia back into the fold, Yakobashvili oversaw negotiations with the Russians to end the fighting there. He warned the world that the situation would escalate into war, but the West ignored him. “They said the Georgians are exaggerating again,” he charged.

A former Zionist leader who speaks fluent Hebrew, Yakobashvili credited Israeli defense companies with “enabling us to train our army and giving us the possibility to withstand the Russians,” but termed the Israeli government’s decision to stop arms exports to his country “a disgrace.”

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Russia to U.S.: Choose us or Georgia

Russia pressed the United States on Wednesday to choose between “a real partnership” with Moscow or an “illusory” relationship with U.S. ally Georgia.

Washington said it’s sticking with Georgia.

“As to choosing, the United States has made very clear that it is standing by the democratically elected government of Georgia,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday.

She spelled out the Bush administration’s stance after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Georgia’s government “a special project for the United States.”

“And we are aware that the U.S. is uptight about this project,” Lavrov said in remarks broadcast on Russian television. “But a choice will have to be made someday between considerations of prestige related to an illusory project and a real partnership in matters which indeed require collective efforts.”

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Jewish Partisans Behind Russo-Georgia War

Dr. David Duke Exposes the Zionist Role Behind the Russia-Georgia War!

In the introduction to his Monday night radio program David Duke speaks on how Israelis have prompted this war and how Israeli Partisans high up in the Georgia Government did the bidding of Israel by launching the attacks on South Ossetia. He also shows how the Jewish extremist influence in media is so great that many people have the mistaken impression that Russia started this war even though Georgia attacked South Ossetia where Russians, by international agreement, have had peacekeepers there for years in the overwhelming Russian region.

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Russia blames US for global financial problems

Russia new president has used his first major speech since taking power in May to blame the United States for the global financial downturn.

“It is precisely the gap between the United States’s formal role in the world economy and its real capabilities that was one of the key reasons for the current crisis,” Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday.

Speaking to major international firms at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, he said that globalisation was an inevitability but that the world lacked investment assets because of disappointment with the US dollar.

“The world is global by nature. Mistakes made by individual countries … will affect the economy at large,” he said.

“No matter how big the American market and no matter how strong the American financial system, they are incapable of substituting for global commodity and financial markets,” he said.

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Russia warns Ukraine over Nato bid

Russia’s parliament has recommended that the government consider pulling out of a friendship treaty with Ukraine if Kiev takes further steps to joining Nato.

The Duma’s resolution is not binding, but is likely to add pressure on Ukraine days before Viktor Yushchenko, its pro-Western leader, meets Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s new president.

Moscow is strongly opposed to Ukraine joining Nato, saying that it would threaten Russian security and jeopardise an arrangement under which Russia leases Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Sevastopol as a navy base.

Yushchenko called any potential revision to the friendship agreement “a big mistake”.

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