Moscow Blasts USA-Georgia Neutral Passports (08.06.12)
The U.S. administration does not fully appreciate the consequences of its support for Georgia's efforts to propagandize the "Russian occupation of Georgia," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday.
"Highly placed American representatives are once again making loud statements in support of [Georgian President] Mikheil Saakashvili, repeating word for word a lying thesis of his propaganda on the "Russian occupation of Georgia," he said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a visit to Georgia Tuesday, reaffirmed U.S. support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and urged Russia to commit to the August 2008 ceasefire agreement.
Fueling Tbilisi’s “revanchist sentiments” in this way, "Washington does not wholly appreciate the measure of its liability," Lukashevich said on the Foreign Ministry website.
The United States has not learned “the right lessons” from the August 2008 events, Lukashevich said.
Clinton co-chaired the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission with Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri. The commission meeting was held as part of the Charter on Strategic Partnership signed between Georgia and the United States in January 2009.
Russia recognized two breakaway Georgian republics, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as independent states following a five-day war with Georgia in August 2008.