Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008
Republican White House hopeful John McCain Tuesday stepped up a fusillade against Russian “aggression” and declared that today, “we are all Georgians.”
Addressing voters in Pennsylvania, McCain said he had spoken by telephone earlier with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who he said wanted to thank the American people for their support.
“I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, today, we are all Georgians,” said the Republican, a hardliner against Russia who wants the mighty nation expelled from the Group of Eight club.
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Both McCain and his Democratic rival Barack Obama have condemned Russia’s incursion into Georgia following the Saakashvili government’s abortive attempt to rein in the breakaway, pro-Moscow region of South Ossetia.
“It is past time for the Russian government to immediately sign and implement a ceasefire,” Obama, who is on vacation in Hawaii, said in his latest statement on the crisis.
“Russia must halt its violation of Georgian airspace and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia, with international monitors to verify that these obligations are met,” the Illinois senator said.