U.S. rejects Russia’s offer to ban weapons delivery to Georgia

The United States rejected Russia’s offer to put an international ban on delivery of weapons to Georgia.

Ben Chang, a spokesperson for the U.S. mission to the United Nations labeled Moscow’s draft resolution as an attempt to distract attention from commitments to withdraw troops from the Georgian territory.

The U.S. Defense Secretary said a special mission will be dispatched to Georgia to assess the country’s needs for replenishment of its armed forces, RFE/RL reported.

Yesterday, Russia formally established diplomatic relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia and announced intention to deploy over 7000 troops there.

[Source: Armenian News Agency, UN, 10Sep08]

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