Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to tighten immigration rules and crack down on the country's markets where many of the traders are from the Caucasus and Central Asia.
BRUSSELS, October 5, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Officials in Brussels are taking a markedly critical line toward Georgia in their analyses of the country's most recent flare-up of tensions with Russia.
MOSCOW, October 5, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The release of the four Russian military officers arrested last week in Georgia over spying charges was expected to placate Russia. But Moscow's fury at Tbilisi shows no signs of ebbing.
Saakashvili opening a renovated clinic on October 4 (InterPressNews)
October 5, 2006 -- Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili voted in local elections today pledging to "transform the country into a fully-fledged, European-style democracy."
October 4, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana today acknowledged that
Kosovo's campaign for independence could set a precedent for Georgia's
breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Moscow says its blockade of transport and postal links with Georgia is directed at the country's leadership. But ordinary Georgians are likely to suffer most.
October 4, 2006 -- President Vladimir Putin said today no country, specifically Georgia, should be allowed to use the "language of provocations and blackmail" against Russia.
October 4, 2006 -- Russian authorities are carrying out sweeping checks on Georgian-linked businesses and Georgians living in Russia, according to local media.
October 4, 2006 -- Moscow has submitted a draft resolution to the Security Council linking the future of a UN observer mission in Georgia with demands that Tbilisi stop "provocative actions."
Moscow has reiterated that the suspension of transport and postal links with neighboring Georgia will continue until further notice.
October 3, 2006 -- Russia has suspended all transport and postal links with Georgia following Tbilisi's detention last week of four Russian officers accused of spying.
EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner has urged both Tbilisi and Moscow to display restraint and restore dialogue.