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Russia warned over ‘Soviet past’

BBC [1]
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has warned Russia against hankering after a Soviet past in its border disputes.

He told the BBC Russia had been trying to assert the concept of “ex-Soviet space”, which was “not acceptable”.

Russia had adopted a 19th Century approach and “blatant aggression” in Georgia, when it should be asserting itself economically, he said.


EU foreign ministers are meeting to try to co-ordinate an international response to the crisis in Georgia.

Russian and Georgian troops have been fighting over the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia.


But Mr Miliband told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there had been “blatant aggression” by Russia outside South Ossetia, in Abkhazia and into parts of Georgia.