The Bush administration at this stage planning to provide assistance to Georgia only through international diplomacy, told reporters in Washington, a senior US official, RIA «News».
The Russian Foreign Ministry has put forward two conditions yesterday Tbilisi ceasefire in South Ossetia. Commenting on yesterday's statement by Mikheil Saakashvili that the Georgian president to the president of Russia with a proposal for a ceasefire in South Ossetia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that "such a proposal, we think it would be quite logical from the Georgian president, but subject them to two preconditions: first - the withdrawal of all Georgian troops from the conflict zone, the second - an immediate signing of an agreement with South Ossetia on the nonuse of force. " "Then it would be possible to talk seriously about the future" - said Karasin.
"At the moment, we're not talking about anything that would go beyond the international diplomacy" - quoted a senior administration official saying the newspaper "Washington Post". In this edition he notes that the spokesman did not say anything that would indicate that the armed forces of the United States or NATO would come to the aid of Georgia.
This statement obviously was very sad Mikhail Saakashvili, who in the evening of August 8 - after the Russian army knocked out of Tskhinvali, Georgian troops - began by appealing to the United States that the war with Russia, they say, should now be a little Whether common "sacred cause" of the West. But, as we see, the Americans - despite the fact that they are, of course, are on the side of Georgia - is preferred to limit themselves only diplomatic support Tbilisi.
However, and here the Americans, they say, are not omnipotent. The aforementioned senior administration official also said that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has decided to postpone the trip to the region of the US special envoy for negotiations on the settlement of the situation around South Ossetia. Explaining the reasons for this, it is true, obviously dissembled: "Our team (experts), which deals with Georgia, not so much", - quotes the statement of a senior representative of the newspaper "Washington Post", according to which the US Secretary of State prefer that US experts Caucasus region were closer. The special envoy will be sent to the region later "stage of mediation," the official said.
Ohladevshih Saakashvili Americans at this stage seems to be eager to replace the other "Friends of Georgia". So, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko today held intensive consultations on the situation in the Caucasus region with world leaders and heads of the European Union. As the press service of the President of Ukraine, on Saturday, the Ukrainian head of state held a telephone conversation with President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and Nicolas Sarkozy of France and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, according to Interfax.
At the same time the President of Ukraine sent his Foreign Minister Vladimir Ogryzko to Tbilisi for consultations with the Georgian leadership. Ohryzko has arrived in Tbilisi. Earlier, the special representative of the President of Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Konstantin Yeliseyev, who arrived in Tbilisi on Friday, said that Ukraine is ready to provide its assistance in resolving the Georgian Ossetian conflict. "Special Representative of the President confirmed Ukraine's readiness to provide good services in any form acceptable to the parties. Yeliseyev introduced concrete proposals that could be implemented with the consent of the parties ", - said in a statement on Saturday, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, quoted by RIA" Novosti ". At the same time Ukraine's Foreign Ministry did not specify what particular sentences in question.
Previously, we recall, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of the fact that it encourages Georgia to the invasion and ethnic cleansing in South Ossetia. "The Ukrainian state, which lately recklessly arming itself to the teeth, the Georgian army, thus directly encouraging the Georgian government to intervene and ethnic cleansing in South Ossetia, has no moral right to lecture others and even more claim to a role in the settlement," - said in yesterday's comments of the Department of Information and Press of the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the position of Ukraine regarding the tragedy in South Ossetia.
"Russia is extremely surprised by the statement Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on August 8, regarding the tragedy in South Ossetia", - stated in the document, the Russian Foreign Ministry. "Not a single word expressing regret at the loss of a huge number of civilians and Russian peacekeepers, who on the basis of the mandate of the CIS fulfill their duty to resolve the conflict, the Ukrainian side began to express unsubstantiated claims of the Russian Federation", - said in a commentary the department.