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Georgia Slams Medvedev's 'Cold War Rhetoric'
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 6 Aug.'11 / 19:28

Georgian President's administration said on August 6, that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's recent interview with the Georgian and Russian media outlets was reminiscent to Cold War rhetoric showing "complete disrespect" not only towards Georgia, but towards other countries as well.

The Georgian President's administration said that following the Medvedev's interview it had been flooded by questions from journalists, prompting president's spokesperson, Manana Manjgaladze, to make "a brief comment."
"We've once again listened to the Cold War-era phrases about Western conspiracy against 'Soviet Russia'. All of this causes the concern of Georgia and not only of Georgia. It is regrettable that the President of a neighboring country speaks in such manner not only about Georgia, but about other neighbors and their statehood as well and expresses complete disrespect towards partner countries," the Georgian President's spokesperson said.

She said that it was "alarming", that the Russian President "still justifies with cynicism ethnic cleansing and occupation" carried out against Georgia.

She also said that Medvedev's remarks about Tbilisi's allegation that series of terrorist acts last autumn in Georgia was masterminded by a Russian military officer - allegation, which reportedly tentatively was corroborated by U.S. intelligence assessment - was actually a confirmation that Russia "had never investigated and is not going to investigate this case."

Medvedev rejected the allegation as "pure provocative nonsense."

"President Medvedev made an absolutely irresponsible comment regarding accusations strengthened by serious evidence, which are connected with the terrorist attacks organized by Russian special services. He has actually confirmed that the Russian Federation had never investigated and is not going to investigate this case," the Georgian President's spokesperson said.
She also said that Georgia wants "civilized, friendly relations with Russia."

"But it will only become possible if Russia treats Georgia, the Georgian people, its will, its freedom and fundamental rights with respect and [if Russia] gives up vain attempts of restoring in any form the Soviet Empire," Manjgaladze said.

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