Georgia has offered rebel South Ossetian forces an immediate ceasefire, after heavy clashes killed two Georgian peacekeepers, and wounded three more.
President Mikheil Saakashvili said he does not want war with his breakaway region, and blamed Russia for stoking the flames.
“This worsening confrontation is not in Russia’s interests, and of course it is not in Georgia’s interests either,” he said. “But whatever is happening at the moment is the result of a long term policy in this region. It is the result of hysterical militarization, of rhetoric or propaganda carried out by the Russian media.”