Medvedev rebuffs Saakashvili’s phone call

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili tried to call Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last night, but Medvedev refused to talk to his Georgian counterpart, Irakly Alasania, Georgia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said at a UN Security Council meeting in New York.

Alasania, echoed by the US Representative, explained Medvedev’s rebuff as Russia’s unwillingness to hold negotiations.

"Would any decent man talk to Mikhail Saakashvili after all what happened?" replied Vitaly Churkin, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN. He stressed that Saakashvili had promised not to use force against the breakaway republics of Abzhazia and South Ossetia, and by giving orders to attack South Ossetia he breached the existing agreements.

Churkin said Russia was prepared for talks with Georgia, conditional on the withdrawal of Georgian troops from South Ossetia, ceasefire and the signing by Georgia of an agreement against the use of force in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

[Source: RosBusinessConsulting, Moscow, 10Aug08]

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