Georgia Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Moscow

Nation withdraws embassy staff from 'aggressor nation'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 1:10 PM CDT
A house on fire is seen in the ethnic Georgian village of Redvi, in Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia, Aug. 28, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Georgia pulled its diplomats from Moscow today, charging that it cannot engage in diplomacy with an “aggressor country,” the AP reports. A spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the Georgians’ cutting of diplomatic ties would not benefit relations between the two countries. Russian troops remain in Georgia, both in the breakaway republics and the “buffer zone” in the country proper.

European Union leaders plan to hold a summit Monday to decide on applying sanctions to Russia for the Georgian conflict, although sources close to current French president Nicolas Sarkozy—whose national also holds the rotating EU leadership—say they probably won’t. Sarkozy’s office considers getting the nations into compliance with the cease-fire signed 2 weeks ago its first priority.