Russian and US Rhetoric intensifies on Georgia
mtippett | August 14, 2008 at 07:52 amby
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These two statements from the Russian and US foriegn Ministers appear to represent irreconcilable differences. From the Russian side we get this:
"One can forget about any talk about Georgia's territorial integrity because, I believe, it is impossible to persuade South Ossetia and Abkhazia to agree with the logic that they can be forced back into the Georgian state," Lavrov told reporters.
And from the White House the view is:
"Our position on Georgia's territorial integrity is not going to change no matter what anybody says," White House press secretary Dana Perino said Thursday. "And so I would consider that to be bluster from the foreign minister of Russia. We will ignore it."
Let's hope that cooler heads prevail.