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Contrasting views of Nato stance

Bernard Kouchner addresses the media at NATO Headquarters
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

Russian and Georgian broadcast channels take different views of Nato's backing of Georgia and warning to Russia.

While Russian TV channels highlight what they say are divisions between member states, Georgian TV reports say Russia was castigated.

Meanwhile, a Ukrainian commentator sees Nato membership for Georgia and Ukraine as now closer than ever.

RUSSIAN TV

RUSSIA'S STATE-OWNED ROSSIYA TV

Nato is split. The alliance has refused to punish Russia, something Condoleezza Rice was thirsty for.

Our diplomats had just half an hour to study the draft UN resolution ahead of the Security Council session. But that was plenty enough time for them to understand that it was not acceptable to Moscow. The resolution bears only a passing resemblance to the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan. Of that plan's six points, there are only two left and they have been rewritten in Tbilisi's favour.

VADIM GLUSKER ON GAZPROM-OWNED NTV

Pragmatism and geopolitical realities have prevailed because Nato needs Russia much more than Russia needs Nato... Everyone was surprised when Great Britain, an old and eternal ally of the USA, gave it to understand, through its Foreign Secretary David Miliband, that there could be no talk of any international isolation of Russia. So, after the meeting, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke, albeit in her customary tough manner, of a lack of desire for any sanctions against Russia.

DMITRIY ROGOZIN, RUSSIA'S ENVOY TO NATO, ON NTV

All this steam coming out of Nato through a big pipe is designed to demonstrate that the alliance cares about the security of Europeans and Americans in the face of the approaching Russian bear. But in relations with the Russian bear they will continue to be guided by the fact that there is nothing that can be done about the Russian bear. It was, is and will be protecting its little cubs if they find themselves in trouble.

CORRESPONDENT YEVGENIY TITOV ON ROSSIYA TV

The stubborn attempts to present the aggressor as a victim after the Brussels meeting of Nato foreign ministers continued in New York. And an American diplomat made occasionally absurd statements as if he had just returned from the conflict zone... Agreement at the UN is hardly possible until the six points become part of an overall resolution, rather than one written by the US state department, which means only one thing - diplomats will be discussing this at the Security Council on more than one occasion.

HEADLINE ON RUSSIA'S CHANNEL 1 TV

Nato takes up its position. The alliance's relationship with Russia is being tested for its durability.

GEORGIAN TV

MP GIVI TARGAMADZE ON GEORGIAN RUSTAVI -2 TV

All the joint activities by Nato and Russia have also been suspended, and the relations will be severed if in the next few days Russia will fail to abide by its commitments. Hence, let us not underestimate the importance of these decisions... [Russian Foreign Minister] Lavrov's statement was full of whining over the fact that Nato only pays heed to Georgia's positions and not Russia's arguments. This is natural, because all of Russia's arguments are, in fact, lies while we convey the reality.

GEORGIAN PUBLIC TV

There was unprecedented support [for Georgia]. Nato countries... have never been so unanimous.

GEORGIAN RUSTAVI-2 TV

The statement was sharp and strict [towards Russia]... [French Foreign Minister Bernard] Kouchner's comments were especially emotional and the most severe.

UKRAINIAN TV

CORRESPONDENT ON UKRAINE'S 5 KANAL TV

Nato countries are not planning to reduce the programme of co-operation with the Russian Federation either, as the USA insisted... They say it is necessary to avoid isolating Russia and instead have a sober position to prevent anything like it in future... Neutral Sweden turned out to be more resolute and cancelled its previously planned joint military exercises with Russia and announced it was ceasing military co-operation with Moscow, describing its actions in the Caucasus as a crime.

HRYHORIY PEREPELYTSIA OF THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY ON 5 KANAL TV

It was the delay in accepting Ukraine as a Nato member that led to the current situation... At the Bucharest summit [in April], member countries... were afraid to take a decision to grant even a Membership Action Plan, so as not to annoy Russia. Russia viewed this as weakness on the part of the West and Nato, as carte blanche for actions in the Caucasus... There is a rather clear message for Ukraine and Georgia that the doors of the alliance are more open for them than ever. We can see that Nato, including such opponents of Ukraine as France and Germany, is positively inclined towards granting Ukraine a Membership Action Plan and Nato membership.

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