Russia slams Bush’s statement on Georgia-Russia conflict

August 14th, 2008 - 12:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 14 (Xinhua) Russia has slammed US President George W. Bush for his statement on the conflict between Russia and Georgia, saying it contained “facts” that are “untrue”, Russian media reported. “I listened to George Bush’s statement and was surprised that the facts he cited are untrue,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

He denied the claims of the US president that Russian troops had blocked Georgia’s Black Sea port of Poti.

The Russian top diplomat said Bush did not mention the arming of Georgia in recent years by some countries, including the US which also trained Georgian troops.

“No mention was made about what happened Aug 8, when Western leaders fell silent while Tskhinvali was shelled and bombed,” Lavrov said, adding that there was also no mention of Russia’s efforts to broker a ceasefire deal between Tskhinvali and Tbilisi.

“We understand that the US is concerned about the fate of its project in Georgia, but the US will have to choose between defending its prestige over a virtual project or real partnership which requires joint action,” he said.

Bush said earlier Wednesday that he is sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to France and Georgia to discuss efforts to halt the conflicts between Georgia and Russia.

He demanded Russian troops now in Georgia must withdraw and reiterated that the US strongly supports the Georgian government.

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