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Rice: Georgia was irresponsible before the events in August

2008-12-23 10:28

Actions of Georgian government before the events of August cannot be called responsible, the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice said to France Press, ITAR-TASS informs. The US Department of State issued the text of her talk with French journalists.


According to Rice, combat actions, Saakashvili government started didn't "took by surprise" Bush's administration.

"The exact timing and exactly what happened, of course, but the fact is that had been a really volatile region for some time," Rice said.

"The reason that I went to Georgia a month before that was to see if we couldn't, on the Abkhaz side, get Georgia to accept a non-use of force pledge so that we could strengthen the diplomacy that Frank-Walter Steinmeier was engaging in," she added.

"So we'd been involved in that area - Steinmeier and I had been very active - because we knew that it was volatile. And similarly, with South Ossetia, there had actually been some talks just a couple of days before it all came - all blew up".

"We'd been pretty clear with the Georgian Government that they shouldn't try anything militarily because that was only going to produce a backlash", the Secretary of State underlined.

At the same time, in her view, "the Russians went way beyond what anybody could have defended to protect their peacekeepers".

Rice didn't answer the question whether Georgian president could be more willing to make concessions to the Russians and would it bother her.

"I believe that the president of Georgia has been a good friend of the United States, and we've worked through a lot of problems together. I think I've been clear that I don't think that the days before the events of August 8th - was it - were - 6, 7, 8 - that Georgia really behaved in a way that was responsible," she said.


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