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McCain Calls for Russia to Pull Out of Georgia

By Michael D. Shear
DES MOINES -- Sen. John McCain called on Russia to immediately withdraw its military forces from the republic of Georgia and said the U.S should request a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in the wake of the escalating violence between the two countries.

"Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Georgian territory. What is most critical now is to avoid further confrontation between Russian and Georgian military forces," McCain said.

The Republican nominee made an impromptu statement on the situation on the airport tarmac in Des Moines before heading to the Iowa State Fair for an afternoon of campaigning.

His full statement is below:

"The news reports indicate that the Russian military forces crossed an internationally recognized border into the sovereign territory of Georgia. Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Georgian territory. What is most critical now is to avoid further confrontation between Russian and Georgian military forces. The consequences of Euro-Atlantic stability and security are grave. The government of Georgia has called for a cease fire and for resumption of direct talks on South Ossetia with international mediators. The U.S. should
immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course. The U.S. should immediately work with the E.U. and the OSCE to put diplomatic pressure on Russia to reverse this perilous course that it has chosen.

We should immediately call a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to assess Georgia's security and review measures NATO can take to contribute to stabilizing this very dangerous situation. Finally, the international community needs to establish a truly independent and neutral peacekeeping force in South Ossetia."

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 8, 2008; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  John McCain  
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Comments

I believe some of you are too quick to forget the freedoms we are so blessed to have. Freedoms that really should be a birthright on this earth. I want to remind all Americans that we did not choose to be born here. And God, whoever, or whatever he/she is, has gifted all of us luxuries no-one else on the planet enjoys. Now this "Georgia" as I understand it, had faith in freedom and the power of free choice. They even helped us when many wouldn't in iraq. For us to turn our backs in the face of such courage is not only unamerican but vain. We are not a nation of cowards. You don't desert a friend who gave you what little clothes he had on his back. Reagan didn't. Licoln didn't and George Washington sure as hell stood in the face of utter destruction and stuck our flag in the dirt.

Posted by: kidcommando | August 12, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

It's America my friend that has lost its clout and is nervous, with good reason. Stay the hell out of Their business if there is anyone in Washington with brains left. Bless you all but wake up , You the people, the staple of your Countries strength that is holding your country together, barely. Why not have more news on sex affairs, Paris Hilton, hell, make the world laugh even louder in disgust. Why are you even bothering to elect a new President. Half of you are worried about gas, not your sons and daughters. Discusting. I vote for Paris.

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 9, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

How is what Russia did okay? They have their own region, Chechnya, which wants its independence, yet they will not allow it. It is hypocrisy for them to defend a region that wants to break away from another nation yet be doing the same thing within their own borders. They have violated another nation's borders, and I for one, support Georgia. I also think the U.S. should intervene on behalf of Georgia, even it it becomes a military operation. Russia is nervous as so many nations want to join NATO and have become western-inclined. They have lost their clout, and are trying to reestablish it through brute force. Georgia has a right to defend its borders, and I personally hope they give the Russians a nice nose-bleed.

Posted by: Matt | August 9, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

As a Canadian I cannot understand your political views on Russia. You invaded Iraq for gods sake, lost so many heroic Americans, killed and poisoned the air they breath out there. The air and land will be poisoned for years and will still effect all your men and women out there. You will have issues if and when you get a grip and leave. What happened to the America I grew up wit?? A country which helped, not bomb the desperate. Man, you the people should not put up with this. Your presidents war has caused, lay offs of jobs, a housing crisis,fuel, must I go on. You are not the leaders anymore.

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 9, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't go as far as statingthat Russia is only a peace-keeper.

I think the Russian govpeople are very angry. The Sovunion is no more, they got their noses bloodied in Afghanistan, NATO is training at their borders, they can't seem to keep little Chechen quiet, they've been made to look like fools in Kosovo after their glorious march into Pristina...

Sooner or later, they are going to try to show the world that they still matter. Georgia is one such opportunity. One wonders if they're going to try to 'liberate' the entire country like Bush did Iraq and the Nato's did to Kosovo. I bet one of Putin's wet dreams is to see the Georgian prez extracted from some spiders hole.

Since the pre-McCain is on the throne now (with McCain as the mini-Bush's 'Mini-Me'), I'm wondering what Bush is going to do, when confronted with an adversary that is both capable and willing to shoot back. I mean, other than wet his diapers.

Posted by: Arth | August 8, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh rats... Does Mr. McCain even know what he's talking about? Or is it all just about the election?

What "sovereign Georgian territory" is he talking about, after this country was determined incapable? It has two problematic regions, and until a recent invasion in Adjaria it had a whole three...

Now, what were the Georgian troops doing in Ossetia? After, as Mr. McCain says, "Georgia called for cease fire"? Does he even wonder?

And what does he think Russia has to do with this? The conflict is between the Georgians and the Ossetians. And Russia is only a peacekeeper. That is, Russia is only supposed to SEPARATE the parties. Which is exactly what it does.

Somebody please share my posting with Mr. McCain. Although I'd be surprised if he gives a damn.

Posted by: Knife | August 8, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain's plea is so pathetic...

Does anyone remember how NATO behaved in Kosovo. Like... crossing an internationally-recognized border, bombing the crap out of the Serbs, cutting that province off Serbia because... there was a majority of non-Serbians living there? Well... there seems to be a majority of non-Georgians in S. Ossetia.

McCain, you better take your pills and try to learn from the past. Today's assignment: study the Golden Rule.

Posted by: Arth | August 8, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain's plea is so pathetic...

Does anyone remember how NATO behaved in Kosovo. Like... crossing internationally-recognized border, bombing the crap out of the Serbs, cutting that province off Serbia because... there was a majority of non-Serbians living there? Well... there seems to be a majority of non-Georgians in S. Ossetia.

McCain, you better take your pills and try to learn from the past. Today's assignment: study the Golden Rule.

Posted by: Arth | August 8, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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