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.
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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.
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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.