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Russia deploys missile system in Georgian territoryupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 11:21:00

Russia has deployed a surface-to-air missile system in the breakaway Georgian territory of Abkhazia, the Russian air force commander said Wednesday.

Russian president visits breakaway Abkhaziaupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 00:02:00

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived Sunday in Abkhazia, one of the separatist territories over which Russia and Georgia warred two years ago, the state-run Interfax news agency reported.

EU: Russia, Georgia share responsibility for 2008 conflictupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 14:20:00

Historical tensions and overreaction on the part of both Russia and Georgia contributed to a five-day conflict between the two in 2008, a European Union fact-finding mission concluded in a report released Wednesday.

Russia-Georgia tensions still high one year on from conflictupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 10:10:00

One year after Russian tanks rolled into the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the conflict that erupted over a breakaway territory continues to stoke tensions in the region, with repercussions around the world.

Georgia, South Ossetia trade jabsupdated: Wed Aug 05 2009 00:00:00

The former Soviet republic of Georgia and one of its breakaway territories, Russia-backed South Ossetia, accused each other of violating the cease-fire that ended last year's Russian-Georgian war, days before the conflict's anniversary.

Georgian PM fires defense, foreign ministersupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 11:24:00

Georgian Prime Minister Grigol Mgaloblishvili has dismissed the country's defense minister and foreign affairs minister.

EU probes causes of Georgian conflictupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 10:39:00

The European Union has launched a fact-finding mission to determine the causes of the August war between Georgia and Russia, an EU spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Russia: We did not fire on presidential motorcadeupdated: Mon Nov 24 2008 12:08:00

Russia and South Ossetia have strongly denied news reports that a motorcade carrying the presidents of Georgia and Poland came under fire, calling the claims "a provocation" meant to destabilize the region.

Shots near motorcadeupdated: Mon Nov 24 2008 12:08:00

Gunfire is reported near a motorcade carrying the presidents of Poland and the Rep. of Georgia. CNN's Matthew Chance reports

Shots fired near Georgian, Polish presidentsupdated: Sun Nov 23 2008 23:44:00

Shots were fired Sunday near a motorcade carrying the presidents of Georgia and Poland, but the motorcade was not hit and there were no injuries, according to the Interior Ministry of Georgia.

Time.com: Fears of New War Rise At Georgia's Borderupdated: Sat Nov 01 2008 16:00:00

The crackle of gunfire at night makes sleep all but impossible along Georgia's border with separatist Abkhazia, feeding the fears of so many here that the war they hoped was over may be erupting anew

Russia blames attacks on 'forces' in Georgiaupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 14:38:00

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday that "some forces in Tbilisi" are trying to provoke new violence in Georgia.

Time.com: Russian Troops Dismantling Georgia Postsupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 19:00:00

Russian troops on Sunday began dismantling positions in the so-called security zones inside Georgia that they have occupied since August's war

Russian forces withdraw from key Georgian checkpointsupdated: Mon Sep 15 2008 09:51:00

Russian peacekeepers are withdrawing from five checkpoints in western Georgia where they have been since the conflict between the two countries broke out last month, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday, according to the Interfax news agency.

U.S. accuses Russia of waffling on cease-fireupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 15:11:00

The United States on Wednesday criticized Russia for failing to live up to the cease-fire agreement in Georgia and for refusing to remove its military forces.

Georgia police officer slain near Russian checkpointupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 09:22:00

A Georgian policeman was shot and killed on Wednesday near a Russian checkpoint in Georgia, Georgia's Interior Ministry said.

Russia agrees Georgia withdrawal deadlineupdated: Tue Sep 09 2008 10:22:00

Moscow has agreed to withdraw its forces from Georgia outside of its two breakaway provinces within one month, the presidents of Russia and France said Monday following the latest efforts to end the region's territorial crisis.

Time.com: EU Monitors Deploy to Georgia updated: Mon Sep 08 2008 12:00:00

European Union monitors will deploy to regions surrounding South Ossetia and Abkhazia by next month and Russian troops will pull out after that President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday

Time.com: Russian Aid Pours into South Ossetia updated: Fri Sep 05 2008 14:00:00

Russian money and Chechen workers pour into South Ossetia to help rebuild -- and to win locals to Moscow's side

EU warns Russia against isolationupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 14:45:00

The European Union threatened Monday to postpone talks with Russia but stopped short of imposing sanctions following the conflict with Georgia.

Zakaria: Russia overplayed hand in Georgiaupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 12:03:00

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential candidates.

Time.com: Georgia Ends Diplomacy with Russiaupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 04:00:00

Georgia severed diplomatic ties with Moscow on Friday to protest the presence of Russian troops on its territory

Newsquiz: Week of August 25updated: Thu Aug 28 2008 22:29:00

Name that noun - Answer the following questions about people, places or things from this week's news. Fill in your answers in the space provided.

Time.com: The New Gambit: Moscow's View updated: Thu Aug 28 2008 19:40:00

A Putin insider explains Russia's new assertiveness as a reaction both to Western provocation and U.S. politics

U.S. aid arrives in tense Georgiaupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 12:41:00

Russia defended its recognition of two independence-seeking Georgian provinces as a U.S. ship carrying aid docked in Georgia on Wednesday.

Analysis: A new Cold War -- or more hot air?updated: Wed Aug 27 2008 08:53:00

It was against the terms of the Russia/Georgia cease-fire, brokered by France's President Nicolas Sarkozy. It was directly in contravention of the request not to do it from President George W. Bush of the United States. But Russia's President Dimitri Medvedev has gone and done it anyway. He has made Russia the first country to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russia condemned for recognizing rebel regionsupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 16:49:00

Western nations and organizations Tuesday condemned Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions in Georgia.

Time.com: Russia Recognizes Georgian Rebelsupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 08:30:00

President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia has recognized the independence of the breakaway Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Time.com: Russia Recognizes Georgian Regionsupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 03:00:00

Russia's parliament voted unanimously Monday to urge the president to recognize the independence of Georgia's two breakaway regions, stoking further tensions between Moscow and the small Caucasus nation's Western allies

Bush warns Moscow over breakaway autonomyupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 22:03:00

U.S. President George W. Bush has urged Russia not to recognize the independence of Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, saying he was "deeply concerned" by the Russian parliament's move toward recognition.

Time.com: Cheney Sent to Georgia on Diplomacyupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 09:00:00

President Bush is dispatching Vice President Cheney to Georgia, setting up a high-ranking diplomatic mission to an ally reeling from a short, intense war

Russian withdrawal under wayupdated: Sun Aug 24 2008 11:09:00

CNN's Phil Black reports on witnessing a significant Russian troop withdrawal.

Huge fire as Georgian train hits landmineupdated: Sun Aug 24 2008 11:09:00

A train carrying fuel hit a mine and burst into flames near the Georgian city of Gori Sunday morning, according to an Interior Ministry spokesman.

Russia: We've completed pullbackupdated: Sat Aug 23 2008 16:04:00

Russia said Friday that its forces have withdrawn from Georgia into South Ossetia, fulfilling its end of the cease-fire agreement reached last weekend.

Tbilisi: Russian troops hold Georgian checkpointsupdated: Sat Aug 23 2008 07:39:00

Most Russian troops have withdrawn from eastern and western Georgia, but they still maintain some checkpoints in the country, a spokesman for Georgia's Interior Ministry said Saturday.

U.S. getting aid to Georgia but not to South Ossetiaupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 22:01:00

The United States has sent 25 planeloads of humanitarian assistance to Georgia even as aid experts try to determine the full extent of the crisis.

Time.com: Russia Blocks Georgia's Main Port updated: Thu Aug 21 2008 06:00:00

Russian forces blocked the only land entrance to Georgia's main port city

Breakaway region asks Russia to recognize independenceupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 13:23:00

One of Georgia's breakaway regions has asked Russia to recognize independence, according to a report by the Russian news agency Interfax.

Time.com: The Ethnic Toll in Georgiaupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 11:40:00

Refugees recount how neighbor turned against neighbor and why some Ossetians can no longer live with Georgians

Time.com: Fanning Ethnic Flames in Georgiaupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 08:20:00

Now that Georgians have fled south, some pro-Russian locals want to ensure that they'll have no homes to return to

Cease-fire deal breached?updated: Mon Aug 18 2008 22:22:00

Does Russia's withdrawal into South Ossetia violate the cease-fire agreement? CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

Russian president slams Georgia's 'morons'updated: Mon Aug 18 2008 22:22:00

Russia's president launched a verbal volley at Georgia's leaders on Monday, as Georgia hit back with renewed accusations that the Russian invasion was premeditated.

Time.com: The Strategic Lessons of Georgiaupdated: Mon Aug 18 2008 19:00:00

What the lopsided conflict is teaching military strategists, policymakers and soldiers about fighting wars

Presidential campaigns spar over Georgiaupdated: Sun Aug 17 2008 22:05:00

The Bush administration and Republican-standard-bearer John McCain were too distracted by the war in Iraq to see the crisis in Georgia on the horizon, supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama charged Sunday.

Time.com: Russia To Begin Pullout Mondayupdated: Sun Aug 17 2008 12:00:00

Russia's president said troops would begin pulling out of Georgia on Monday

Time.com: Russia Signs on to Cease-Fireupdated: Sat Aug 16 2008 10:00:00

Russian soldiers dug foxholes Saturday on a hillside near the capital of war-battered Georgia as a cease-fire went into effect

Time.com: Russian Army Denies Civilian Attacksupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 10:00:00

In the capital of South Ossetia, a city smashed by two armies, the Russians deny responsibility for the actions of irregulars against the Georgian populace

Group: Russians drop cluster bombs in Georgiaupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 09:03:00

An international rights group said Friday it has evidence that Russian aircraft dropped cluster bombs in populated areas of Georgia, killing and injuring dozens of civilians during the territorial conflict that has gripped the region. Russia has denied the claim.

Rescuers look for survivorsupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 07:16:00

Rescue workers check on survivors in destroyed areas in Georgia.

U.N.: 115,000 displaced by Georgia conflictupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 07:16:00

The U.N. refugee agency said Thursday that the number of people uprooted by the conflict in Georgia is approaching at least 115,000.

Gorbachev: Georgia started conflict in S. Ossetiaupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 03:13:00

Georgian leaders may be blaming Russia for the conflict raging in South Ossetia, but former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said Thursday "there is no doubt" that Georgia provoked the clash.

Time.com: Tracking the Russians in South Ossetia updated: Thu Aug 14 2008 11:00:00

Reporter John Wendle travels with Moscow's forces, as accusations fly that war operations continue in Georgia

15,000 Russian troops in Georgia, U.S. administration officials sayupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 21:38:00

Russia has likely moved additional troops into Georgia and its breakaway provinces over the past several days, several administration officials told CNN on Wednesday.

Time.com: Russian Convoy Heads Into Georgiaupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 05:00:00

A Russian military convoy thrust deep into Georgia and Georgian officials said Russian troops bombed and looted the crossroads city of Gori

Georgia agrees to Russian-French plan to settle conflictupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 03:01:00

The presidents of Georgia and Russia have agreed to a six-point plan to calm the conflict over Georgia's separatist territories, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said late Tuesday.

Gori: Blood, smoke, destruction tell war's taleupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 14:28:00

Evidence of the fighting is everywhere in the Georgian city of Gori -- blood on the ground, the smell of smoke in the air, and wrecked cars in the street, according to a CNN crew that drove through the area.

Time.com: Russia: Georgia Has 'Paid Enough'updated: Tue Aug 12 2008 11:00:00

Russia ordered a halt to military action in Georgia on Tuesday, after five days of air and land attacks that sent Georgia's army into headlong retreat

'Tremendously difficult times'updated: Tue Aug 12 2008 02:48:00

Tamuna Liluashvili gives CNN a personal account of what her family is seeing in Tbilisi.

Russians take over Goriupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 00:31:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports from Gori, Georgia, where Russian forces have taken over.

Russian military pushes into Georgiaupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 00:31:00

The Russian military advanced into Georgia on two fronts Monday, heading toward cities outside the breakaway provinces that have been the centers of fighting.

Bush demands cease-fireupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 23:38:00

President Bush denounces Russia's escalation of violence in Georgia and demands a cease-fire.

Bush to Russia: Reverse 'unacceptable' course in Georgiaupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 23:38:00

Russia's attacks against the former Soviet republic of Georgia have "substantially damaged Russia's standing in the world," President Bush told reporters Monday after returning from his trip to Asia.

Humanitarian effort begins in Georgiaupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 18:08:00

The number of people displaced by the warfare in Georgia is approaching 100,000 and the figure could rise, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday.

Georgia hopes for cease-fireupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:19:00

Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, lay in smoldering ruins after heavy fighting. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

U.S.: Russia trying to topple Georgian governmentupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:19:00

The United States on Sunday accused Russia of trying to overthrow the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where Russian troops have been battling Georgian forces over the breakaway territory of South Ossetia.

Bush, Cheney signal support for Georgiaupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:19:00

President Bush condemned the escalated violence between Russia and U.S.-backed Georgia on Sunday, while Vice President Dick Cheney said aggression against Georgia "must not go unanswered."

Georgian President: Moscow picked fightupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:18:00

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili argues in an op-ed column in Monday's Wall Street Journal that Russia picked the fight with Georgia in South Ossetia to crush Georgia's pro-Western democracy.

Russia trying to crush democracy, Georgia leader saysupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:17:00

Russia is attacking Georgia to achieve "regime change" and crush Georgia's pro-Western democracy, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Monday.

Saakashvili runs for coverupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:17:00

Fearing an air raid, President Saakashvili's security team pushes him to the ground and covers him with flak jackets.

Georgia and Russia claim 'mass arrests'updated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:16:00

Both Georgia and Russia claim that ethnic Georgians and ethnic Russians are wrongly being detained in the conflict over South Ossetia.

Georgian president takes coverupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:15:00

Georgia's president is surrounded by security, who cover him before rushing him away.

Analysis: Georgia's major miscalculation?updated: Mon Aug 11 2008 17:15:00

There has been no doubt of Europe's priority in the conflict between Georgia and Russia: Bringing about a ceasefire on both sides and minimizing further bloodshed. Beyond that, nothing in this conflict is simple.

Fighting escalates in Georgiaupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 13:14:00

Georgia's president says his country is facing a "large scale" military intervention. Journalist Elene Gotsadze explains.

Fighting with Russia spreads to cities across Georgiaupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 13:14:00

Bombs rocked Tbilisi early Saturday morning as the fight between Georgia and Russia over a breakaway region intensified and moved into the Georgian capital.

Time.com: Volunteering to Kill Georgiansupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 13:00:00

On Scene: At a Russian recruitment center in North Ossetia, soldiers of all ages are eager to join the cause

Time.com: Oil Over $116 on Russian Conflictupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 03:00:00

Oil prices rebounded Monday in Asia to above $116 a barrel on concerns a widening conflict between Russia and Georgia over a breakaway province could disrupt supplies in the region

Violence in 2nd Georgian breakaway territory concerns U.N.updated: Mon Aug 11 2008 02:35:00

As fighting continued Sunday between Russia and Georgia over the separatist province of South Ossetia, U.N. officials expressed concern about violence in another Russian-backed breakaway territory in Georgia.

Time.com: Putin Assails US on Georgia Conflict updated: Mon Aug 11 2008 02:35:00

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is criticizing the United States for airlifting Georgian troops from Iraq

Time.com: Georgia Wants U.S. to Restrain Russia updated: Sun Aug 10 2008 16:00:00

Q&A: Georgia's foreign minister tells TIME that her country's hopes in its showdown with Moscow rest with Western intervention

Russian warplanes target Georgiaupdated: Sat Aug 09 2008 23:56:00

Russian forces launched an airstrike against a military airfield near the Tbilisi International Airport early Sunday, despite international calls for Russia to stand down from the escalating conflict, Georgian officials told CNN.

Time.com: Has Georgia Overreached in Ossetia? updated: Sat Aug 09 2008 13:00:00

Analysis: By tackling Russia, Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili has picked a fight he can't win without more Western support than he's likely to get

Russia: Troops in South Ossetia to enforce peaceupdated: Sat Aug 09 2008 04:09:00

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that Russian peacekeepers are "trying to force Georgians to cease fire" in the conflict over the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.

Bush meets Putin over Georgia fightingupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 15:45:00

The U.S., European Union and international security organizations Friday called for an end to fighting between Georgia and militant separatists that has dragged in Russian forces.

NATO: Trying to help Georgiaupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 15:45:00

NATO Deputy Spokesperson Karmen Romero says NATO is trying to help Georgia and is in contact with Russia.

Explainer: Georgia's territorial turmoilupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 14:34:00

Russian troops, tanks and warplanes descended on the province of South Ossetia on Friday, responding to a Georgian offensive aiming to crack down on the province's separatists.

Time.com: Georgia: More Air Attacks by Russiaupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 13:35:00

Intense fighting reportedly raged for a second night in the Georgian separatist region of South Ossetia on Saturday and Georgia's interior ministry reported air attacks on three military bases and key facilities for shipping oil to the West

Time.com: Georgian Army Launches Offensiveupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 08:00:00

Georgian troops launched a major military offensive to regain control over the breakaway province of South Ossetia and the president accused Russia, which has close

Reports: 6 die as Georgia shells South Ossetiaupdated: Sat Aug 02 2008 15:25:00

Six people were killed and 13 wounded in the shelling of South Ossetia by Georgian forces, South Ossetian officials said Saturday, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.

South Ossetia shootings heighten Georgia tensionupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 11:57:00

Georgia and its breakaway region of South Ossetia offered differing accounts Friday of a shooting that highlights continued tension between them amid Georgia's NATO ambitions.

Time.com: Russia Cashes in on Kosovo Fearsupdated: Sat Mar 08 2008 16:40:00

Hostility to secession allows Moscow to consolidate its position across much of the old Soviet sphere of influence

Georgia accuses Russia of bombingupdated: Wed Aug 08 2007 05:46:00

Georgia accuses Russia of bombing

3 Georgians die in fierce fightingupdated: Thu Aug 19 2004 06:05:00

At least three Georgian servicemen have been killed and seven wounded in rebel South Ossetia as the central government in Tbilisi tries to bring the breakaway ethnic region back under government control.

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