Russia proposes UN arms embargo against Georgia

September 10th, 2008 - 2:51 am ICT by IANS  

United Nations, Sep 10 (Xinhua) Russia Tuesday submitted a draft resolution in the UN Security Council calling for an arms embargo against the former Soviet republic of Georgia, a senior Russian official said.”Georgia has been arming very aggressively in the past few years,” Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters.

“The military budget of the country has grown over the past six years by 50 times … and we believe it was put to very bad use as they attacked South Ossetia (on Aug 8),” Churkin said.

“It should be in the interest of the members of the Security Council to introduce such an arms embargo against Georgia,” he added.

Russia fought a five-day war with Georgia over the two breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia of the former Soviet republic.

The conflict ended following a French brokered peace plan that stipulated pulling out of Russian troops from Georgian territory, among others.

Russia’s relations with the West have been at the lowest after it recognised Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent nations. It also established formal diplomatic ties with the two breakaway regions Tuesday.

The Russian decision to recognise the two provinces has been widely condemned by the international community.

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