Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cold War 21: The West Says, "Back Off"

August 28, 2008

UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband.

"Speaking during a visit to Kiev, David Miliband, the UK foreign secretary, called on the European Union and Nato to prepare for "hard-headed engagement" with Moscow following its military action in Georgia.

"Russia must not learn the wrong lessons from the Georgia crisis. There can be no going back on fundamental principles of territorial integrity, democratic governance and international law," he said." (source)

The rest of Western Europe is nervously watching the Bear's activities, too. G7 countries have roundly criticized Russia for its Georgian war, and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner warned that the situation was "very dangerous" because Russia might now be considering other targets such as the divided state of Moldova and Ukraine, with its strategically important Crimean peninsula.

In typical Russian style, the Bear slashes and rips at its victim, then turns to a defender to claim, "you made me do it." As the EU prepares for an emergency summit on the Georgian crisis, Russia's response is to urge the west not to damage broad mutual ties.

According to Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: "This story is no longer about my small country, but the west’s ability to stand its ground to defend a principled approach to international security."

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