US Tells Russia Not to Redraw Borders

Rice takes hard line at NATO meeting on Georgia invasion
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 4:36 PM CDT
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks with EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana during a meeting today in Brussels.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Russia’s “strategic objective” won’t be met by its invasion of Georgia, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Moscow today during a NATO gathering, the Guardian reports. “This NATO which has come so far in a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace is not going to permit a new line to be drawn in Europe,” said Rice. “There will absolutely be no new line.”

At the emergency foreign-ministers meeting in Belgium, the alliance pledged “no business as usual” with Russia until its troops are out of Georgia. In New York, French, British and US diplomats met to hammer out a UN security council resolution demanding that Russia pull out of Georgia and paving the way for the first Western monitors to enter the country.