The first exercise is named Cooperative Longbow 09 and aims to improve coordination between brigade commanders with procedure, coordination and command systems. It was scheduled to involve around 220 soldiers and does not involve tanks.
The second exercise is named Cooperative Lancer 09. This is a live firing exercise termed 'crisis response' and aims to improve cooperation at battalion level. The exercise was planned for around 400 soldiers and does not involve tanks."
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."