From London daily News Line:
Saturday, 30 September 2006
OIL WAR LOOMS IN THE CAUCASUS!
RUSSIA is recalling its ambassador to Tbilisi after Wednesday’s provocative arrests of four Russian officers on spying charges, and is beginning a partial evacuation of its personnel from Georgia.
Relations between Moscow and Tbilisi have worsened in recent weeks, since Georgia and the Western imperialist alliance Nato agreed to hold talks on closer relations.
The arrests coincided with the first official visit by President Saakashvili to a disputed area on the border between Georgia and pro-Russian Abkhazia which has seceded from Georgia, along with South Ossetia.
Relations between Russia and Georgia have become increasingly tense since Saakashvili came to power in 2004 and President Bush spoke in the main square of the capital Tbilisi, narrowly avoiding assassination when a hand grenade was thrown from the crowd at him but failed to explode.
Saakashvili pledged to Bush that he would take the Caucasus nation out of Russia’s orbit and join Nato and the European Union.
The United States has called for Russian troops to leave South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The US presence in the Caucasus is connected to its desire to grab the oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea region.