Sarkozy called Russian FM a 'liar': WikiLeaks

2nd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a "liar" during negotiations with Moscow following the August 2008 conflict with Georgia, according to a US memo released by WikiLeaks.

Sarkozy negotiated the ceasefire agreement that brought an end to the war, which saw Russian troops pour into Georgia to repel a Georgian military assault on Moscow-backed South Ossetia.

"...Sarkozy caught the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by the lapel of his jacket, and called him a liar...," an American diplomat reported in a memo released by the whistle-blower website and quoted by French daily Le Monde.

"Sarkozy seems to have warned Russia that its position as a 'major power' had been seriously damaged by its refusal to respect its obligations," said the document.

The incident in early September 2008 was recounted to US diplomats in Moscow by a French diplomat involved in negotiations.

© 2010 AFP

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