“Georgia signs peace deal, West condemns Russia” “Saakashvili denounced Russians as “21st century barbarians””

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“WAR IN GEORGIA – Rice: Russian troops must leave”

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_212165276.shtml

The United States demanded on Friday that Russian troops end their occupation of Georgia immediately after Georgia signed a ceasefire agreement.

Speaking alongside Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice evoked the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia 40 years ago to crush liberal reforms: “Russian forces need to leave Georgia at once. This is no longer 1968.”

Saakashvili said following five hours of talks with Rice he had inked the ceasefire pact, negotiated by France on behalf of the European Union.

As they were speaking, a Reuters correspondent witnessed a column of up to 17 Russian armored personnel carriers advancing along the main highway to within 55 km (34 miles) of the Georgian capital, their deepest move yet inside Georgia.

The purpose of the incursion was not immediately clear.

Saakashvili, in passionate remarks, denounced Russians as “21st century barbarians” and blamed the West for triggering the crisis by failing to react firmly to Moscow’s previous military moves and not admitting Georgia to NATO fast enough.

“Who invited the trouble here?” he said, flanked by several large Georgian and U.S. flags. “…Not only those people who perpetrated this, but those who failed to stop it.”

4 Responses to ““Georgia signs peace deal, West condemns Russia” “Saakashvili denounced Russians as “21st century barbarians”””

  1. rosettasister Says:

    “After Russia’s invasion of Georgia, what now for the West?”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/georgia/2563260/John-Bolton-After-Russias-invasion-of-Georgia-what-now-for-the-West.html

    By John R Bolton
    Last Updated: 2:32PM BST 15 Aug 2008

    Finally, the most important step will take place right here in the United States. With a Presidential election on November 4, Americans have an opportunity to take our own national pulse, given the widely differing reactions to Russia’s blitzkrieg from Senator McCain and (at least initially) Senator Obama. First reactions, before the campaigns’ pollsters and consultants get involved, are always the best indicators of a candidate’s real views. McCain at once grasped the larger, geostrategic significance of Russia’s attack, and the need for a strong response, whereas Obama at first sounded as timorous and tentative as the Bush Administration. Ironically, Obama later moved closer to McCain’s more robust approach, followed only belatedly by Bush.

    In any event, let us have a full general election debate over the implications of Russia’s march through Georgia. Even before this incident, McCain had suggested expelling Russia from the G8; others have proposed blocking Russia’s application to join the World Trade Organisation or imposing economic sanctions as long as Russian troops remain in Georgia. Obama has assiduously avoided specifics in foreign policy – other than withdrawing speedily from Iraq – but that luxury should no longer be available to him. We need to know if Obama’s reprise of George McGovern’s 1972 campaign theme, “Come home, America”, is really what our voters want, or if we remain willing to persevere in difficult circumstances, as McCain has consistently advocated. Querulous Europe should hope, for its own sake, that America makes the latter choice.

  2. Leeballz Says:

    She seems more nervous when talking about this then I have seen her act before. I wonder if she thinks this is a larger storm rising?

  3. Leeballz Says:

    Russia firing at journalists. Watch both videos: http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/08/14/journalists.shot/index.html?iref=topnews

  4. Leeballz Says:

    Russia firing at journalists. Watch both videos:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/08/14/journalists.shot/index.html?iref=topnews

    # Story Highlights
    # One reporter was shot in the head, but his injuries were not life-threatening
    # Another reporter for Georgian public television was shot during a live report
    # She was shot in the arm and continued her live report

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