The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported October 4, 2006, that Russian President Vladimir Putin (in photo below)said today that Russia will not be blackmailed by anyone. The news outlet said this is "a clear reference to a diplomatic row with Georgia over spying allegations." For background, see the EurAsia Daily Monitor report headlined Tbilisi Neutralizes Alleged Russian Spy Ring, Gains Political Mileage.
Ria Novosti said Mr. Putin's "statement comes in the wake of a scandal that began when Georgian police detained four Russian officers and charged them with espionage last week. Although the officers were handed over to the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] and then Russia Monday [October 2, 2006], diplomatic tensions between Moscow and Tbilisi have persisted." See Euronews.net's October 3, 2006, report headlined Diplomatic row rumbles on between Georgia and Russia
To me, Mr. Putin, playing the aggrieved party, comes off like a bully in Russia's dispute with its smaller neighbor. As the Washington Post said in an October 2, 2006, editorial Enough Bullying."
For more, please see "Putin warns against using language of blackmail with Russia.
A FEW RELATED LINKS
Putin accuses Georgia of 'blackmail' --- United Press International, USA
Georgia Urges Russia to Stop --- Kommersant, Russia
Georgia pledges to continue NATO-membership bid --- Xinhua, China
Cut off from Russia, Georgians scramble --- International Herald Tribune, France
EU doesn't expect war over Georgia-Russia tensions --- Reuters AlertNet, UK
Anti-Georgia Campaign Heats Up Across Russia --- MOSNEWS, Russia
Why the Russia-Georgia Spat Could Become a US Headache --- TIME, USA
US urges Russia, Georgia to tone down rhetoric --- Reuters.uk, UK