Urges OSCE to ‘Respond’ to Expansionist Russia
Novosti) — Georgia’s foreign minister accused Russia on Thursday
of expansionist behavior and urged the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to take appropriate measures.
Credit: RIA Novosti
Russia officially recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia on Tuesday
despite Western warnings, saying the move was needed to protect
the regions following Georgia’s August 8 attack on South Ossetia.
Addressing a meeting of the OSCE’s Permanent Council, Yekaterina
Tkeshelashvili described the situation as dangerous and said
other post-Soviet regions, including Ukraine’s Crimea, could
also be affected.
"It is necessary to consider an appropriate response to
these dangerous and reckless attempts by Russia in the short,
medium and long term," Georgia’s top diplomat said.
on the OSCE to "analyze" the situation
and "consider efficient measures to respond to the new reality."
Secretary David Miliband slammed Russia’s move as an attempt "to redraw the map." Britain’s
top diplomat paid a visit Wednesday to Ukraine, which like
Georgia is seeking
NATO and European Union membership.