U.S. drafts UN resolution condemning Russian "assault"

The United States will offer a U.N. Security Council resolution later on Sunday condemning the Russian military "assault" against Georgia as unacceptable, a U.S. spokesman said.

The spokesman for the U.S. delegation at the United Nations, Richard Grenell, told Reuters: "We will offer a resolution today that makes clear that the Russian actions in Georgia are unacceptable to the international community and we condemn this military assault."

Russia, which is a permanent veto-wielding member of the council and can single-handedly block any U.S. resolution, had no immediate response to the announcement.

"We'll see what's in there, then we'll know what to do," Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told Reuters.

In Georgia, Russian troops took the capital of the separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia earlier on Sunday after a three-day battle as Georgian forces retreated and the Tbilisi government offered a ceasefire and talks.

The United States earlier warned Moscow that any further military escalation in Georgia could have a "significant, long-term impact" on relations. It called on Russia and Georgia to end hostilities and return to their pre-conflict positions.

"It's too bad that the Russians didn't leave the shooting to the Olympic competition yesterday in which the Russians and the Georgians peacefully shared silver and bronze medals," Grenell said.

[Source: Reuters, UN, 10Aug08]

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