Moscow has called the joint statement made by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia condemning Russia’s aggression in the Caucuses “cynical and unfortun
August 10, 2008
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin also accused the West of double standards.
“It makes one question the sincerity and attitude towards our country,” he said.
The statement by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, said that: “The European Union and NATO must take up the initiative and oppose the spread of imperialist and revisionist policy in the east of Europe.”
Mariusz Handzlik of the foreign office at the Polish Presidential Chancellery responded to the Russian accusations by calling for an immediate halt in hostilities.
“Russia should start peace talks as soon as possible,” he said. “Ossetia and Abkhazia are essential parts of Georgia.” (pg)