U.S. Senate Committee on International Affairs Richard Lugar
US vs. Russian Peacekeepers Infuriates Abkhaz Leadership
While Tbilisi commends the visiting US Senator’s statements against Russian peacekeepers in Georgia’s breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Sukhumi describes them as ‘populist’.
During his official visit to Georgia, US Senator Richard Lugar stated: ‘I think the peacekeeping situation is one that really has to be assumed by the people of Georgia; we’ll not be in favour of having Russians there… The diplomacy may lead to other more neutral and friendly parties providing peacekeeping in that situation.’
The Republican Senator, who chairs the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited Georgia on August 22-24 as part of his trip along the Central Asian oil route through Kazakhstan (?), Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.