Trouble in Georgia and a pow-wow in Prague point to new east-west tensions
Precisely what happened behind the barrack gates of a Georgian tank battalion near Tbilisi on May 5th is unclear. The Georgians say they quelled a mutiny and foiled a conspiracy to overthrow President Mikheil Saakashvili, probably inspired by Russian intelligence. Russia, predictably, denied involvement. Then on May 7th protesters from Georgia’s opposition, who have been demanding Mr Saakashvili’s resignation, clashed with police in Tbilisi in the first outbreak of violence since their demonstrations began in early April.
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