Saturday, 30 August 2008

Russia Wins Backing from China over Georgia Conflict

RUSSIA today won support from China and Central Asian states in its standoff with the West over the Georgia conflict as the European Union said it was weighing sanctions against Moscow.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev said he hoped the "united position'' of a summit of Central Asian nations would ``serve as a serious signal to those who try to turn black into white.''

The West has strongly condemned Russia's military offensive in Georgia this month and Medvedev's decision to recognise the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states.

The Russians had every right to repel the Georgian attack in South Ossetia despite what the western media and politicians have said about the situation. However, recognising this region, and Abkhazia, as independent states seems to be a step too far. In diplomatic terms it was better to hold the advantage of only doing only what was necessary rather than push the situation against antagonistic "enemies" who will continue to make the false claim that Russia is the bully.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 30th, 2008]

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