Russia has rejected a draft Security Council resolution seeking to end the violence in Georgia, reports the BBC, by rejecting the UN body's call to return to its pre-conflict positions. Russia, which wants to keep its troops inside South Ossetia, said that the clause contradicts last week's ceasefire. Moscow holds a permanent veto.
The French government, which brokered the ceasefire, also drafted the UN resolution. But Russia's ambassador made several objections, particularly with regards to the two breakaway provinces at the heart of the conflict. Yesterday at an emergency NATO summit Condoleezza Rice warned that Russia risked becoming an "outlaw" state, while a Kremlin spokesman accused NATO of bias in favor of the "criminal regime" in Georgia.