Promising to Leave, Russia Amps Up Forces in Georgia

NATO divided on response to Moscow
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2008 6:27 AM CDT
A Russian soldier inspects armored vehicles allegedly seized by the Russians from the Georgian military, in Tskhinvali, South Ossetia, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Sergey Grits)
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(Newser) – Despite promises from the Kremlin and ultimatums from the American and French presidents, Russia is stalling on its promise to withdraw from Georgia, reports the Guardian. The Russian military has moved ballistic missile launchers into South Ossetia, and its troops remain entrenched near Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. But ahead of an emergency NATO meeting tomorrow, Western governments are divided on how best to respond to Russia's aggressions.

The US and Britain favor a tough response to Moscow's actions, including ending security cooperation and deploying military monitors to Georgia. That stance has rankled France and Germany, who favor a more cautious approach and are expected to veto the plan. All NATO powers agree, however, that Georgia should be encouraged to join the union—a possibility that has infuriated the Kremlin.