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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 06:00 PM
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38. It's NATO expansion that antagonizes Russia, not the EU
and that's been pushed by Bush, not EU members.

The first day of the NATO summit saw France and Germany combine forces to thwart the membership ambitions of Ukraine and Georgia. They stood firm in their opposition despite the mounting pressure from US President George W. Bush to admit the two former Soviet republics.

On the first day of the NATO summit in Bucharest on Wednesday, US President George W. Bush suffered a first setback when he failed to persuade the alliance to open the door to Ukraine and Georgia for membership. France and Germany stood firm in their opposition (more...), despite the pressure Bush had piled on in the run-up to the summit with a visit to Ukraine and a keynote speech in which he urged his European allies to reward both countries for their democratic revolutions.,1518,545078...

FWIW, Germany was trying to mediate a month ago:

Amid increasing concern from the United States and the European Union that tensions between Russia and Georgia could escalate into open conflict, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany is seeking to mediate among all sides, traveling to Georgia and its Russian-backed breakaway region of Abkhazia on Thursday, then to Moscow on Friday.

This is the first time Germany has taken on such a role in the Caucasus region, which is beset by regional conflicts.

In Georgia, where the government in Tbilisi has been trying for nearly 16 years to bring back under its control the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, there is a diplomatic push to resolve the dispute in the coming months.
Other countries, including the United States, and international organizations have tried, unsuccessfully, to resolve the conflict. But Halbach said Germany's equally close ties with Georgia and Russia offered a chance of at least lowering tensions and getting all sides to talk.

but it doesn't seem to have worked.
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