Condi Rice Warns Russia To Respect Georgia Borders

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned the Russian government the world would not stand by idly and watch it redraw the boundaries of Europe. “A new line in europe where Russia somehow asserts that there are those who cannot pt for a trans-Atlantic ffuture is unacceptable.” She demanded that Russia withdraw its forces from Georgia while NATO reaffirmed its offer of membership to the Georgians. NATO insisted it would send aid to help restore conditions in Georgia to what existed prior to outbreak of hostilities. NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said relations with Russia would be limited until its troops withdraw from Georgia. “There can be no business as usual with Russia under the present circumstances.”

There is talk of observers to monitor the situation in Russian occupied Georgia. Somehow, lost in the rhetoric of anger is any awareness of how the United States and NATO helped create conditions for discord. Georgia does not belong in NATO at this juncture in history. It is time to end construction of military bases in Poland and the Czech Republic and to extend membership in NATO to Russia.