George Bush, intors din China a somat Rusia sa se retraga din Georgia, sa inceteze focul, asa cum Georgia a facut deja in Ossetia.
” Almost immediately after his return from the Olympics in China, Bush warned Russia in his strongest comments since the fighting erupted over Georgia’s separatist South Ossetia region last week to „reverse the course it appears to be on” and abandon any attempt it may have to topple Georgia’s pro-western government.
„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,” the president said in a televised statement from the White House, calling on Moscow to sign on to the outlines of a cease-fire as the Georgian government has done.
„The Russian government must reverse the course it appears to be on and accept this peace agreement as a first step toward solving this conflict,” Bush said, adding that he is deeply concerned that Russia, which Georgian officials say has effectively split their country in two, might bomb the civilian airport in the capital of Tbilisi.
He said Russia’s escalation of the conflict had „raised serious questions about its intentions in Georgia and the region” and had „substantially damaged Russia’s standing in the world.” „These actions jeopardize Russia’s relations with the United States and Europe,” Bush said. „It’s time for Russia to be true to its word to act to end this crisis.”
A senior U.S. official said the United States and its allies suspected Russia had been planning an invasion for some time and deliberately instigated the conflict through attacks on Georgian villages by pro-Russian forces in South Ossetia despite outwardly appealing for calm and promising to rein in the separatists.”
Se speculeaza ca Rusia intentiona mai de mult acest atac asupra Georgiei si nu a facut altceva decat sa pregateasca premisele acestuia generand conflictul din Ossetia.
Bush declara ca imaginea Rusiei in lume este afectata datorita atacurilor din Georgia, iar relatiile intre SUA, Europa si Rusia sunt amenintate in acest moment.