West and Georgia-South Ossetian conflict

The situation in SOUTH OSSETIA is dangerous; however, there is no indication or evidence that Tbilisi is under immediate threat. The situation is currently the subject of high-level discussions with the Russian Government and others that are directed toward a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement. If the situation persists and these negotiations are unsuccesful, we will need to consider requesting authorized departure for those who wish to leave.

http://cablesearch.org/cable/view.php?id=08TBILISI1342&hl=south+ossetia


'They Will Move on Tblisi'

Earlier, Saakashvili had lied to the US ambassador again — apparently in a bid to secure US support. Ambassador Tefft wrote this about himself: "President Saakashvili told the Ambassador in a late morning phone call that the Russians are out to take over Georgia and install a new regime. They will not stop at retaking South Ossetia, but will move on Tbilisi."

In reality, however, the Russian general staff has no plans to take the Georgian capital.

Two days later, the Russian army had captured South Ossetia, taken control of Georgian airspace, and on August 12 their ground troops stood roughly 50 km (31 miles) from Tbilisi.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,732294,00.html


TOUGH DAY FOR RUSSIA IN SECURITY COUNCIL
USUN New York
http://cablesearch.org/cable/view.php?id=08USUNNEWYORK721&hl=south+ossetia


C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 086603
CLASSIFIED BY THOMAS T. JUNG, SENIOR WATCH OFFICER, S/ES-O, FOR REASONS 1.4(B) AND (D) MILITARY SITUATION ON THE GROUND
http://213.251.145.96/cable/2008/08/08STATE86603.html


RUSSIA DEFIANT Classified By: Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Alice G. Wells.
CLASSIFICATION - CONFIDENTIAL
ORIGIN - Embassy Moscow
http://cablesearch.org/cable/view.php?id=08MOSCOW2414&hl=south+ossetia


A 12-year-old Ossetian-American girl visiting relatives during the conflict in South Ossetia has thanked Russian soldiers for saving her from the Georgian attack. However, America’s Fox News attempted to cut her and her aunt off air.

Amanda Kokoeva was in a cafe in Tskhinvali when the firing from Georgian troops began.

She managed to get back to her uncle's basement where she spent the night. In a lull, she then managed to flee across the border to Russia, before boarding a plane bound for San Francisco.

"I want to say that I was running from Georgian troops bombing the city,” she told America’s Fox News Channel. “I want to say thank you to the Russian troops that were helping us out."

After that her aunt started saying that it was Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili who is to be blamed for the bloodshed, but the presenter tried to cut her off and go to a commercial break. Still, he finally let the woman finish the phrase at least.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vckF-0D4x-w


CNN use footage of Tskhinvali (Capital of South Ossetia) ruins to cover Georgian report
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVNblG9PJMk


AMBASSADOR VOLKER'S MEETING WITH GEORGIAN FM TKESHELASHVILI AT NATO REF.
CLASSIFICATION CONFIDENTIAL
ORIGIN Mission USNATO
TEXT C O N F I D E N T I A L USNATO 000291
http://cablesearch.org/cable/view.php?id=08USNATO291&hl=date:2008-08++ossetia

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