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August 20, 2008

Cross Us And We Will Crush You, Warns Medvedev


Cross us and we will crush you, warns Medvedev

Times Online

Ceasefire latest: Russia stalls on Georgia pullout

President Medvedev of Russia yesterday promised a “shattering blow” against any foreign power that moved against Russian citizens.

The threat will compound the fears of former Soviet states, which are concerned that they could be next after Russia’s attack on Georgia.

“If someone thinks they can kill our citizens, kill soldiers and officers fulfilling the role of peacekeepers, we will never allow this,” Mr Medvedev told a group of Second World War veterans in Kursk. “Anyone who tries to do this will receive a shattering blow.”
He continued: “Russia has the capabilities - economic, political and military. Nobody has any illusions left about that.”

Russia’s incursion into Georgia, and its reluctance to leave, has alarmed former Soviet states such as Ukraine and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The war was designed in part to send a message to the former Soviet states that “you can’t solve your problems by running to give the West a hug”, Liliya Shevtsova, an analyst at the Carnegie Centre in Moscow, said.

At the start of the war, Mr Medvedev said it was his constitutional right to defend the “lives and dignity” of Russian citizens. Georgia’s allies now fear that Russia will begin to throw its weight around in defence of the millions of ethnic Russians who live outside the motherland.

The break-up of the Soviet Union left a huge Russian diaspora outside the country. There are more than 8 million ethnic Russians in Ukraine, 4.5 million in Kazakhstan and 1.2 million in the Baltic states.

Russia justified its attack on Georgia by insisting that it was acting to protect the 90 per cent of South Ossetians who have Russian passports.

How many of the passports are genuine is another question, as the region has long been infamous for smuggling and counterfeit passports and dollars.

Yevgeniya Latynina, a columnist, wrote last week that when the South Ossetian leader, Eduard Kokoity, received his passport, he opened it to find that it contained the picture of Abraham Lincoln from a $5 note instead of his own photograph.

Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s reformist President, who visited Tbilisi last week to support President Saakashvili of Georgia, said that the use of Russian ships for a war violated Ukraine’s neutrality and risked drawing it into conflict.

Ms Shevtsova, however, dismissed the idea that Russia might attack other countries.

“It is not possible,” she said, arguing that Mr Medvedev’s rhetoric was for internal consumption. “It would be suicide for Russia; it is just a show.”


Wild Thing's comment..........

Dear Comrade Medvedev,
Bite Me.

What’s next? Will he start beating podiums with his shoe? ( channeling Khrushchev)

I wrote in another post how Russian passports had been handed out like candy to people, so this is true that many of the so called Russian passposts are not genuine. And Russia is trying to say they are. LOL

Posted by Wild Thing at August 20, 2008 02:50 AM


I must be psychic! I just knew this would happen.
Why? Because little comrade Meddy is allowing Puddin' to dictate all the terms. Meddy is over his head and Puddin' knows it. Why would they give up the straightest line to the oil in the middle east? They've already claimed the Arctic floor for drilling (that's a no man's land). Kind of makes you wonder what they're really up to, trying to hog all the oil.

Posted by: Lynn at August 20, 2008 04:37 AM

Hey, potato eater! Stick this in your Vodka hole and roll your mother off the mattress on the floor. It's time for her feeding.

Posted by: Rhod at August 20, 2008 06:32 AM

Totally predictable. Jorge wasn't alone, Europe was looking into the eyes of Putin and Medvedev too, they saw the wonderful soul and the smart man to replace him. Now they are looking about and thinking where are the Americans to bail us out? Well Eurostan, we're right where you were when we needed you, waiting for someone to make the first move. Human rights under assault, civilians murdered, ethnic cleansing sovereignty breached. Have you tried your precious Hague or Monkey Moon at the simian palace along the Hudson?

Posted by: Jack at August 20, 2008 01:01 PM

Russia passed a law, back in the 90s that any former citizin of the Soviet Union could have a Russian passport. That would be like Mexico giving any US citizin a Mexican passport, with out any say from the US government. Try immagining S. California suddenly 51% full of Mexican's (if they are not alaready) and then voting to leave the state and union. I figure if those people in Georgia that want to live in Russia, they should move there instead of Russia moving into Georgia. To become a US citizin, you must live here for a long time.

Posted by: Odin at August 20, 2008 01:43 PM

Medvedev will cave when Obama threatens him with "President Medvedev doesn't know what he is up against."

Posted by: Les at August 20, 2008 02:29 PM

Lynn, LOL yes you are.

It seems they run Russia different then here.Putin may not be President but he like you said pulls the strings of his puppets in power.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2008 06:18 PM

Rhod, LMAO good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2008 06:21 PM

Jack, yes every bit of that your right.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2008 06:26 PM

Odin, thanks for the information. I agree too if they want to be Russian then they can just move to Russia. Don't bring Russia to Georgia.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2008 06:31 PM

Les, LOL good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2008 06:33 PM