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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Friday, August 15
“If McCain becomes President he will get us into NATO”

The Republican candidate in the forthcoming US Presidential elections, John McCain, has promised Georgia that he will grant our country NATO membership if he becomes President, Sakartvelos Respublika reports. McCain stated this is an interview with Fox News.

McCain expressed his concern that at the moment the US only offers Georgia economic and humanitarian assistance. McCain also highlighted the possibility of excluding Russia from the G8 group of major economic powers.

“Russian forces opened fire on Elene Tevdoradze as she entered Gori.”

Akhali Taoba reports that Russian forces started shooting at Georgia’s Deputy Reintegration Minister as she entered Gori.

“As soon as Russian forces saw our car they start shooting. We tried to walk towards them but they closed the road with tanks. I wanted to enter the city simply so that the population saw us and understood that they are not alone,” Tevdoradze said.

According to her, the situation in Gori and its villages is very tense. Tevdoradze says that she could not get into the villages, but people coming out of their houses told her that conditions are “terrible.”

“The Georgian nation’s main goal is Tskhinvali and Sokhumi”

According to Speaker of Parliament Davit Bakradze, the Georgian nation’s spiritual goal is Tskhinvali and Sokhumi in the same way that the Jewish peoples’ spiritual goal was Jerusalem, Alia writes.

“The Georgian nation should prove that they can attain their goal just as the Jewish people gained Jerusalem after 2,000 years,” Bakradze said, adding that Georgia does not need to wait 2,000 years before achieving this.

“Estonia demands that Georgia joins NATO urgently”

Akhali Taoba reports that the Estonian Parliament has demanded that Georgia is allowed to enter NATO as soon as possible. The Estonian Parliament stated this during a special session in which it criticized Russian activities in South Ossetia. “Its military actions in Georgia must stop,” the Parliament stated.

62 Estonian MPs supported the decision to ask NATO to accept Georgia as a member as soon as possible. 20 opposed it. There are 101 Members of the Estonian Parliament.