Condoleezza Rice Warns Russia: "This Is Not 1968" …Update: Russia Responds
“It’s very clear to me that the consequences of that which are already quite significant because of the way Russia has brutally pushed this military operation well beyond the bounds of anything that might have related to South Ossetia calls into question Russia’s suitability for all kinds of activities that it has said it wants to be a part of. We’ll get to that matter in due course.”
“This is not 1968. And the invasion of Czechoslovakia, where Russia can threaten a neighbor, occupy a capital, and overthrow a government, and get away with it. Things have changed.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to Bush and Rice today:
“I listened to George Bush’s statement … and was surprised … the facts he cited are untrue,” Lavrov said, echoing earlier denials by Russian officials that Russian troops were not advancing on Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.
“We understand that the U.S. is concerned about the fate of this project, but the United States will have to choose between defending its prestige over a virtual project or real partnership which requires joint action,” the minister said.
Of course, this is an absolute lie.
FOX News cameraman Mal James blogged about the Russian Army massing in Gori, Georgia.
As I sit in the front seat to film out the window, the first of the Russian Armored Personnel Carriers came into my viewfinder, then a second then for the foreseeable future we had run into the Russian Army storming into Gori. If they had wanted to shoot us we were dead but speeding cars going the other way are given usually the right of fleeing.
FOX News aired Mal’s video of the parade of Russian army vehicles moving into Gori which is located in central Georgia.
HotAir has more on the showdown in Georgia.