West to Put Screws to Russia

New fury at Russia's formal recognition of breakaway states
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2008 2:25 AM CDT
West to Put Screws to Russia
Georgians rally in front of the Russian embassy to protest against the Kremlin's recognition of the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.    (AP Photo/George Abdaladze)

(Newser) – The West is preparing to crank up diplomatic pressure on Russia after its challenging move formally recognizing breakaway Ossetia and Abkhazia in the wake of its invasion of Georgia. The US, Europe and NATO have condemned the action, but Russia remains defiant. "We are not afraid of anything, including a new cold war," said Russian President Dmitri Medvedev after formally recognizing Georgia's restive states. "If Europeans want a worsening in relations, they will get it of course."

President Bush said the Russian action "exacerbates tensions and complicates diplomatic negotiations." British Foreign Secretary David Milliband announced he's holding talks today with Ukraine leaders "to ensure the widest possible coalition against Russian aggression." Georgia's president charged Russia with attempting "to militarily annex a sovereign nation," adding: "This a challenge to the entire world." (Read more Russia stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X