Officials in Tbilisi responded to Putin’s remarks in Lahti immediately.
“This is an attempt to misinform international community,” Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bezhuashvili said.
He said that Tbilisi considers peaceful means as the sole way to solve secessionist conflicts.
Bezhuashvili also said that Georgia was extensively discussed during the EU-Russia summit which is in itself already a huge success.
Meanwhile, the Guardian reported that unlike on energy issues, the EU leaders failed to speak with Putin with one voice when Georgia was raised at the summit.
“The energy discussion was fine, because Europe spoke with a united voice. When it came to Georgia there were different views, with the Baltic States speaking out. Putin turned very sarcastic," the Guardian quoted unnamed observer of the summit.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
EU Division on Georgia
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