Dmitry Rogozin is the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to NATO
The naval mission would replace the fleet of four NATO warships that is due to return from the region next month.
Mr Daalder also proposed to offer full membership of the alliance to non-European democracies such as Japan, Australia and South Korea." (Photo: radionetherlands)
From Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: "Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian says his country's main reason for canceling its participation in the NATO military exercises in Georgia was NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's support for Azerbaijan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports."
Snippets from Georgian government, BBC, NYT, and other media coverage.
The man is shown describing plans to seize control of the government by leading a convoy of 200 military vehicles, backed by 5,000 Russian troops, into Tbilisi."
"'Because it's a PFP exercise, it's open to everybody which also means that everybody was fully informed when it was proposed in late spring of last year,' the spokesperson added. 'Nobody was forced to participate and Russia chose not to. But they knew exactly what was going on and there was no issue. Even when they said recently that they were concerned about the exercise, we said: 'although the subscription date had passed, why don’t you send some observers?' But they declined that as well. There is nothing controversial from our point of view.'"