Sarkozy heads to Russia on peace mission!
Sarkozy heads to Russia on peace mission
French President leads an effort to stop the invasion of a democratic country while the world stands by, and most countries look the other way. It’s international hypocrisy at its best tradition at the UN. One more time the world cowards in the face of aggression as civilians are killed in an conflict of interests. The western press has taken a strange position in reporting the story: if you read most reports it appears as if Georgia has invaded Russia not the other way around.
TBILISI (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy will lead efforts on Tuesday to end hostilities between Russia and Georgia as the conflict appeared to widen with pro-Moscow rebel forces opening a fresh offensive against Georgian troops.
Sarkozy was due to arrive in Moscow at 0910 GMT and meet President Dmitry Medvedev before flying to Georgia on a day of intense diplomacy aimed at ending violence in a region key to international oil transit.
Pro-Western Georgia and Russia came into direct conflict over South Ossetia last week after Tbilisi launched an offensive to regain control over the pro-Moscow breakaway separatist region.
Hostilities appeared to broaden as Abkhazia, another Russia-backed rebel region, launched an offensive at dawn on Tuesday to force Georgian troops out of the disputed Kodori gorge, Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba said.
“The operation to liberate Kodori gorge has started,” he told Russia’s Vesti channel. “Our troops are making advances. We are hoping for success.”
U.S. President George W. Bush demanded Russia end its armed conflict with Georgia and accused the Kremlin of trying to topple Georgia’s leadership.
“Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century,” Bush said.
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