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U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle Interviewed by TV100 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

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TV 100, St. Petersburg, Russia TV100: Let me quote you [from earlier interview]: "We'd tried to convince Georgia not to do this until the very last moment." These words of yours were broadly repeated in the media. Could you please comment on them in more detail? John Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to Russia We have always believed and said many times that this conflict with Abkhazia and South Ossetia cannot be resolved by force. That is why we had been trying to talk the Georgians out of taking this step. We were saying the same things to the Russian side, and this is exactly why we were so anxious and insisted that Russian troops leave Georgian territory. How should this conflict be settled, what scenario should it follow? In accordance with the sixth paragraph of the cease fire agreement, and I even have this statement with me, the start of an international discussion on the ways to provide stable security in the South Ossetia and Abkhazia includes negotiation with the participation, of course, of the international community and the parties to the conflict. In one of your interviews you said that the stability of the entire world depends on the relations between Russia and the United States. Even in periods of high tension, and now we are, no doubt, are in a period of such tension in our relations, we must respect each other, must hear the opinion of other participants to the discussion and must do our best to leave the channels for a dialogue open. This is the most important thing. How will this situation surrounding Georgia affect relations between Russia and the U.S. and what impact might it have on the Russia's accession to WTO? There is no doubt that what has happened today – I mean the resolutions of the Council of the Federation and the Duma – – we deeply regret these things happened and consider these resolutions unacceptable because they do not support the territorial integrity of Georgia and even contradict the previous bilateral agreements in regards to Georgia including the UN resolutions, which were only recently supported by Russia as well. This is a very hard moment and it is too early to say now what kind of consequences for our relations – and for Russia in general – all this will have. We hope, nevertheless, to see the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Georgia. We should always have hope for a better solution for each situation. Today is a difficult day. Yes, it's a difficult day. But, as I said, the U.S. – Russia relationship is an extremely important thing, because so much depends on it.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 25 seconds
Year: 2008
Country: Russia
Language: English
Views: 528
Posted by: embmosc on Sep 3, 2008

Ambassador Beyrle talks about the Georgia crisis on St. Petersburg television on August 25, 2008.

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