Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed outrage that the media had distorted her position on the Russian-Georgian war of 2008, which was presented in a recently published memoir, “There is no honor above.” In particular, some journalists have alleged that Ms. Rice blamed for starting the fighting in Tskhinvali region to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

“This is outrageous! Idea that I could blame the Georgians, is completely untrue,” - Rice said in an interview with The Weekly Standard on 16 November.

“I think it’s just inaccurate … In fact, we were concerned that the Russian provoke the Georgian president, Mikhail Saakashvili, and that it will allow them to yourself cause. But the Georgians in any case not guilty, and I think it is clear from the text “- explained in a conversation with Rice, columnist Daniel Halper Publishing.

Secretary of State Administration of President George W. Bush claims that in August 2008, Russia was interested in the war in Tskhinvali.

“The Russian wanted this war … They did everything they could, trying to provoke the Georgians. Shelling Russia’s allies in South Ossetia Georgian cities - this was the beginning of the war,” - said Condoleezza Rice, the publication of The Weekly Standard, adding that “blamed” for beginning of the war, in particular, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

“Although he was not president at the time, it is always tougher attitude to all Georgians” - explained in an interview with Rice.

Media quoted a chapter from the book, Condoleezza Rice, dedicated to the Russian-Georgian relations, which she described his conversation with Putin over Georgia.

“I then changed the subject by moving to Georgia, and just said that I have a message from the president.” We are concerned that the rhetoric that sounds about Tbilisi and embargo - calmly I said. - Any action against Georgia will seriously affect Russian-American relations. “Putin immediately stood up and stared down at me.” If Saakashvili wants war, he will get it - he said. - And any support he will destroy our relationship. “It was a position with a clear physical threat. Therefore, I also got up and looked at his heels down to Putin. I repeated the President’s message. For a while, and we stood face to face - Well, almost, “- says Rice.

18 November 2011 | georgia, media, usa, war

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