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FM: ‘US Must Choose Russia Or Georgia’

From an elated Reuters:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to the media in Moscow on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008.

Russia: US must choose Moscow or “project Georgia”

13 Aug 2008

MEIENDORF CASTLE, Russia, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday the United States had to choose between partnership with Moscow and the Georgian leadership which he described as a “virtual project”.

“We understand that this current Georgian leadership is a special project of the United States, but one day the United States will have to choose between defending its prestige over a virtual project or real partnership which requires joint action,” Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday demanded Russia resolve a crisis with Georgia and said he would dispatch U.S. military aircraft with humanitarian supplies.

But Lavrov, speaking to reporters at a state residence outside Moscow, slammed Washington for playing a dangerous game in the Caucasus by backing Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

“Bush’s speech said nothing of how Georgia was armed all these years, including by the United States,” Lavrov said.

“We have more than once warned our partners that this is a dangerous game. It (the Bush speech) said nothing about what had happened on Aug 8, when Western leaders maintained silence when Tskhinvali became a target of massive bombing,” Lavrov said.

“The Western political elite got excited only after the Russian leadership decided not to leave its peacekeepers to their fate, not to allow… ethnic cleansing as it had happened in Srebrenica,” Lavrov said.

This is getting outrageous.

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