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Press split over US support for Georgia

Washington is showing unwavering support for Georgia
Washington is showing unwavering support for Georgia

The US warning that Russia risks international isolation over the conflict in Georgia draws a mixed response from press on either side of the conflict.

Some Russian commentators say Moscow has nothing to fear from the threat of economic sanctions and has the support of certain EU member states.

In Georgia, however, one writer says US support will lead to Russia's isolation by the West but another takes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to task for what it sees as errors of judgment on his part.

ARTUR BLINOV AND TATYANA DVOYNOVA IN RUSSIA'S NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA

Not happy with the failure of Saakashvili's action against South Ossetia the White House has drawn up a set of 'measures of punishment'. The US has few diplomatic levers that it could use to put pressure on Russia.

MIKHAIL SERGEYEV IN RUSSIA'S NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA

The threat of economic sanctions against Russia over its policy in relation to Georgia is becoming increasingly real. Threats of postponing our country's accession to the WTO were voiced in the US yesterday. Experts think that should Washington and the EU decide to impose economic sanctions on our country, it could be metals companies that will sustain the heaviest losses. Gas and oilmen are not afraid of sanctions because right now the West cannot do without their supplies.

OLEG SHEVTSOV IN RUSSIA'S IZVESTIYA

For the first time the EU is taking part in the settlement of a conflict in the post-Soviet space. But it has turned out to be rather difficult to come to a common view on the events in South Ossetia... Poland and the Baltic countries, supported by London, very much want to review not just the role of our peacekeepers in the Caucasus, but the entire range of relations between the EU and Russia, accusing us of 'occupying' a sovereign state. It is true however that Germany, France, Belgium and Italy have approached the situation in a more realistic way. These countries know perfectly well who began the military adventure and opened the Pandora's Box of the South Caucasus

DIMITRI AVALIANI IN GEORGIA'S 24 SAATI

The US military are coming to Georgia. The US has expressed full support for Georgia and has launched a military-humanitarian operation... Washington gave Moscow a harsh diplomatic answer and began taking practical steps to help Georgia... Diplomats from the leading countries of the West are now saying that Russia faces isolation.

MAMUKA BAKASHVILI IN GEORGIA'S AKHALI TAOBA

Even though the war in South Ossetia is not quite over yet, we can draw certain conclusions now... the current events are the second phase of the Rose Revolution which was bound to involve an armed conflict. Our partners in the West who backed the Rose Revolution knew that, after coming to power, Saakashvili would have to pass the test of an armed conflict with Russia, which would ultimately lead to a crushing defeat of Russia's policy in the Caucasus region.

MILITARY ANALYST IRAKLI SESIASHVILI IN GEORGIA'S REZONANSI

It doesn't take a lot of analysis to see what kinds of mistakes were made... No one should think it's over as Georgians are still being attacked and killed. Meanwhile, Saakashvili celebrated victory... I was ashamed to see him do that. He is only concerned with holding on to power... I believe that after what happened, he has no moral right to speak on the country's behalf.

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