The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called on Russia to help resolve tension in Georgia and not “contribute to it.”
Georgia and Moscow are in dispute over the Georgian breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which broke from Tbilisi after wars in the 1990’s.
Speaking in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Rice said,
“ We have noted concerns that violence should not be carried out by any party and we, through the friends process, will do everything we can to help resolve those conflicts. You know that we have been concerned from time to time about activities in the region and I have indeed said that some of the activities that Russia has engaged in have been activities that have not promoted a peaceful resolution.”
Meanwhile Russia has admitted that its fighter jets flew over South Ossetia earlier this week because it believed Tbilisi was preparing to attack the region.
The statement is Russia’s first admission for at least a decade that its airforce has flown over Georgian territory.
In response Georgia has recalled its ambassador from Russia for consultations.