Medvedev: Sarkozy played 'a big role' in ending Georgia war

8th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy personally played "a big role" in ending Russia's brief war with its ex-Soviet neighbour Georgia last year

Moscow - French President Nicolas Sarkozy personally played "a big role" in ending Russia's brief war with its ex-Soviet neighbour Georgia last year, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.

Sarkozy, then acting as EU president, "played a big role in solving the Georgia-South Ossetian crisis," Medvedev said, according to a Kremlin statement.

"The involvement of France in its capacity as European Union president in our efforts to halt (Georgian President Mikheil) Saakashvili's unleashed aggression was effective and brought results," he said.

Georgia's rebel region of South Ossetia on Saturday marked a year since the war broke out when Georgian forces launched an assault to reassert control over the breakaway region.

Russia's military counter-attacked, driving Georgian forces back from the rebel region and deep into Georgian territory.

An EU-brokered ceasefire ended the conflict five days later. Russian forces withdrew to within South Ossetia and another rebel Georgian region, Abkhazia.

The European Union maintains a mission of 225 unarmed civilian monitors to patrol the de facto border of the rebel regions as part of the EU-brokered ceasefire agreement.

But they have been blocked from monitoring within the breakaway provinces, which Russia recognised as independent states following the war.

AFP / Expatica

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