Georgia, US Bush failed, France defended human rights, Sarkozy says ahead of G20
G2O meeting with Bush, new money ?
One day before the G20 meeting for new money order at Washington, Sarkozy takes agressive positon to lame duck Bush over Georgia. Sarkozy will meet tomorrow Russian president Medvedev for Europe talks at Nice-France, one day ahead of Washington meeting.
Who defended human rights ?
"When on 8 August someone had to leave for Moscow or Tbilisi, who defended human rights?" he asked rhetorically.
"Was it the president of the United States, who said 'This is unacceptable'? Or was it France which kept up the dialogue" between the leaders of Russia and Georgia, he asked, in a speech covered by the French AFP news agency.
"I remember the American president's call the day before our departure for Moscow: 'Don't go there, they [the Russians] want to go to Tbilisi, they're 40km away. Don't go, [just] condemn it'.
"I did go, along with [French Foreign Minister] Bernard Kouchner, and, as if by coincidence, while we were there the ceasefire was declared," Mr Sarkozy said.
Medvedev Sarkozy meet at Nice France Friday
Mr Sarkozy will lead an EU delegation in talks with Russian officials in Nice on Friday, after which the two sides are expected to resume negotiations on a new partnership agreement.