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1 Foreign Policy & Trade Policy: Case Study - Russian Trade after Georgia Presented by: Dimitar Minchev

2 Beginning of the conflict Short overview of the timeline August 8 – Georgia launches an attack on South Ossetia August 8 – Georgia launches an attack on South Ossetia August 9 – Russian military begins to repel the Georgian assault in order to prevent genocide August 9 – Russian military begins to repel the Georgian assault in order to prevent genocide August 15 – the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives at Tbilisi August 15 – the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives at Tbilisi September 5 US vice-president R. Cheney visits Georgia September 5 US vice-president R. Cheney visits Georgia September 13 – Russian forces begin to withdraw form Georgia September 13 – Russian forces begin to withdraw form Georgia

3 Events preceding the conflict In February 2008 Kosovo declared its independence with the support of the US and the EU In February 2008 Kosovo declared its independence with the support of the US and the EU US moved to install missiles to defend itself from rogue states US moved to install missiles to defend itself from rogue states Russia strongly opposed both events Russia strongly opposed both events

4 Events preceding the conflict-cont. US withdrew its support for Russias bid to become a WTO member US withdrew its support for Russias bid to become a WTO member US pledged its support for Georgias and Ukraines bid for NATO membership US pledged its support for Georgias and Ukraines bid for NATO membership US trained Georgian soldiers and supplied equipment for their mission in Iraq US trained Georgian soldiers and supplied equipment for their mission in Iraq

5 US response to the Russian invasion in Georgia The US Secretary of state visited Georgia, pledging US support for the country The US Secretary of state visited Georgia, pledging US support for the country The US vice-president visited Tbilisi and pledged 1 billion dollars in aid for the recovery of the country The US vice-president visited Tbilisi and pledged 1 billion dollars in aid for the recovery of the country US sent humanitarian aid aboard two navy ships and a coast guard frigate US sent humanitarian aid aboard two navy ships and a coast guard frigate

6 US response to the Russian invasion in Georgia-cont. NATO conducted 18 days exercises in the Black Sea during the conflict NATO conducted 18 days exercises in the Black Sea during the conflict President Bush canceled the civilian nuclear deal with Russia President Bush canceled the civilian nuclear deal with Russia

7 Russias response to the US actions August 26, recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, but only Nicaragua joins the recognition August 26, recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, but only Nicaragua joins the recognition Igor Shechin – Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of state owned Rosneft gives a speech on the OPEC meeting in Vienna Igor Shechin – Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of state owned Rosneft gives a speech on the OPEC meeting in Vienna

8 Russias response to the US actions Russia bars 19 US poultry producers form exporting into the country Russia bars 19 US poultry producers form exporting into the country Russia implements new stricter import measures at border checkpoints with Turkey Russia implements new stricter import measures at border checkpoints with Turkey Russia sent two strategic bombers TU-160 to Venezuela Russia sent two strategic bombers TU-160 to Venezuela

9 Russias response to the US actions Russia announced that it will send a nuclear powered missile destroyer to the Caribbean Sea along with three navy ships on Military exercises with Venezuela Russia announced that it will send a nuclear powered missile destroyer to the Caribbean Sea along with three navy ships on Military exercises with Venezuela Russia announced a 27% increase in its military spending for 2009 Russia announced a 27% increase in its military spending for 2009

10 US national interests in Georgia US backs the 1 million barrels per day pipeline in Georgia which allows it to use oil from the Caspian Sea region while avoiding Russia or Iran US backs the 1 million barrels per day pipeline in Georgia which allows it to use oil from the Caspian Sea region while avoiding Russia or Iran Georgia had the third biggest contingent in Iraq prior to the start of the conflict and was active participant in the war on terror Georgia had the third biggest contingent in Iraq prior to the start of the conflict and was active participant in the war on terror

11 What are the ways for the US to change its energy policy Use more natural gas for transportation Use more natural gas for transportation Its cheaper than oilIts cheaper than oil It emits less greenhouse gasesIt emits less greenhouse gases Its abundant in North AmericaIts abundant in North America Invest in new energy technologies Invest in new energy technologies Electric carElectric car Hydrogen fuel cellHydrogen fuel cell

12 What are the ways for the US to change its energy policy-cont. Provide tax rebates and cash incentives for homeowners to switch to alternative power generation Provide tax rebates and cash incentives for homeowners to switch to alternative power generation Look to the long term future - ITER Look to the long term future - ITER

13 Thank you for your time! Thank you for your time!

14 Resources South Ossetia – information about the region South Ossetia – information about the region Analysis: Why the Russia – Georgia conflict Matters to the West? Analysis: Why the Russia – Georgia conflict Matters to the West? Polish government approves US missile deal Polish government approves US missile deal Russia Condemns US missile deal Russia Condemns US missile deal Russia makes new threats over US-Poland missile deal Russia makes new threats over US-Poland missile deal Opinion: US, EU must take Russia seriously Opinion: US, EU must take Russia seriously Russian chicken ban more bad news for US producers Russian chicken ban more bad news for US producers Russia-Georgia war ordeal for Turkeys economy Russia-Georgia war ordeal for Turkeys economy Russia denies punishing Turkey over Georgia Russia denies punishing Turkey over Georgia Bush cancels civilian nuclear deal with Russia Bush cancels civilian nuclear deal with Russia Russia to conduct military exercise with Venezuela Russia to conduct military exercise with Venezuela Two Russian Blackjack bombers land in Venezuela Two Russian Blackjack bombers land in Venezuela

15 Resources – cont. Russia says to send nuclear warship to the Caribbean Russia says to send nuclear warship to the Caribbean annel=0 annel=0 annel=0 annel=0 Russia defense spending to grow 27% in 09 - Putin Russia defense spending to grow 27% in 09 - Putin Visiting Georgia Dick Cheney assails Russia Visiting Georgia Dick Cheney assails Russia Georgias oil pipeline is key to US support Georgias oil pipeline is key to US support Georgia-Oil and Gas politics Georgia-Oil and Gas politics OPEC plans closer links with Russia to control half of the worlds oil supply OPEC plans closer links with Russia to control half of the worlds oil supply ece ece ece ece Russia warns US and EU over Kosovo independence Russia warns US and EU over Kosovo independence Russia, US trade barbs over Iraq, Kosovo at UN Russia, US trade barbs over Iraq, Kosovo at UN McCan and Obama use conflict in Georgia to prove foreign policy mettle McCan and Obama use conflict in Georgia to prove foreign policy mettle What is ITER? What is ITER?


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