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Russia and Georgia 'not yet at peace' - Sarkozy
al-Reuters via Irish Times ^ | August 12, 2008

Posted on 08/12/2008 9:15:15 AM PDT by Schnucki

French president Nicolas Sarkozy said Russia and Georgia had agreed to a ceasefire but had not agreed to a peace deal after a meeting in Moscow this afternoon with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.

"We do not yet have peace deal, we have a provisional cessation of hostilities but this is significant progress," Mr Sarkozy said

Mr Medvedev criticized Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili, saying he had acted like a "lunatic" and had lied about a ceasefire during the conflict over South Ossetia.

"You know, lunatics' difference from other people is that when they smell blood it is very difficult to stop them. So you have to use surgery," Mr Medvedev told reporters after talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

"As for claims by the Georgian president that the ceasefire has been observed for two 2 days, that's a lie. Georgian forces continued to fire at peacekeepers, unfortunately people were killed yesterday. .. There was no ceasefire from the Georgian side."

Earlier, Georgia's prime minister said today he wanted more evidence of a Russian halt to military operations because Russian fighter jets had continued to bomb Georgian villages.

Mr Medvedev said this morning that he had ordered an end to military operations in Georgia. But Georgian prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze said Russian jets were still targeting civilians.

"Despite the Russian president's claims earlier this morning that military operations against Georgia have been suspended, at this moment, Russian fighter jets are bombarding two Georgian villages outside South Ossetia," Mr Gurgenidze said.

(Excerpt) Read more at irishtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: ceasefire; france; geopolitics; georgia; russia

1 posted on 08/12/2008 9:15:17 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki
Yes, the Georgian President is a lunatic.

Totally nuts. What the HELL was he thinking? To ignore ongoing warning from a nuclear power on your doorstep...over a period of years...could quite possibly be the definition of a lunatic.

2 posted on 08/12/2008 10:05:56 AM PDT by Mariner
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