Ambassador: US warned Georgia about invasion
The Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2008
MOSCOW: The U.S. ambassador to Russia has told a Russian daily that Washington strongly urged Georgia not to invade its breakaway province of South Ossetia.
John Beyrle also told the Kommersant Friday that Russia "gave a well-grounded response" to a Georgian attack on Russian peacekeepers, but exceeded its authority by invading Georgia proper.
Beyrle was quoted as saying that Russia should respect a cease-fire deal and withdraw its troops from the ex-Soviet neighbor to positions they held before the fighting erupted.
The short but intense war near Russia's southern border has deeply strained relations between Moscow and the West.
The fighting began Aug. 7, when Georgia launched a barrage targeting South Ossetia, but Russian forces quickly drove the Georgians back.
JR: Where is the condemnation of Georgia for ordering the unlawful bombing and invasion of Ossetia, a defenceless and peaceful town, even after the U.S. warned them not to? The unprovoked Georgian troops killed hundreds of unarmed civilians plus many Russian "peacekepers" and almost leveled the town and causing thousands of refugees to flee before Russian troops were able to intervene and push the Georgian troops back. The Russian are only doing what Israel has done for decades in setting up a wider buffer zone against their enemies for the protection of the citizens of Ossetia.