Russia not planning to topple Georgia president: FM

Lavrov also said Moscow could not agree with a peace proposal by European Union and OSCE mediators if it included the presence of Georgian troops in any new peacekeeping unit.

Russia not planning to topple Georgia president: FM
Russia has no intention of toppling Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

"It is not in our traditions to topple anyone or put someone on a throne," Lavrov told a news conference alongside Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, current chairman of the Organisation for European Security and Cooperation (OSCE).

Lavrov also said Moscow could not agree with a peace proposal by European Union and OSCE mediators if it included the presence of Georgian troops in any new peacekeeping unit.

"We can hardly agree with this because it would assume the presence of people described as Georgian peacekeepers. They can no longer remain," Lavrov said. "They brought shame on themselves as peacekeepers. They committed crimes and shot at comrades with whom they served in the same peacekeeping unit."

Reuters
Last Mod: 12 Ağustos 2008, 13:23
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