Cold War fears rose with Ukraine asking Russia to pay more for a Black Sea base, where it said that it was seeing "the build-up of NATO forces", while France's president Nicolas Sarkozy called on Russia to retreat from Georgia.
KIEV/TBILISI - Ukraine said on Wednesday it wanted to discuss charging Russia more for the lease of a Black Sea naval base, a move that could aggravate regional tensions already enflamed by Moscow's conflict with Georgia.
As the U.S. Navy shipped in humanitarian supplies to
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on
Meanwhile his foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said
Russian troops and tanks continue to occupy parts of
It says its troops are needed there to protect civilians from Georgian aggression.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Kremlin leader Dmitry Medvedev Russia's presence in Georgia's port of Poti and other areas outside Abkhazia and South Ossetia "represents a grave violation" of a ceasefire, her spokesman said.
"We will be ready to make decisions, including in the United Nations...on additional increases in the number of international monitors, clarifying their mandate and possibly other steps with international participation," he said in
While some Western governments have said Saakashvili bore at least partial responsibility for the outbreak of the conflict, U.S. President George W. Bush said recognition of the rebel regions by
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Medvedev had a big responsibility not to start a new Cold War.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko joined Western nations in condemning the Russian move on Tuesday to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states under
"We are sorry about this decision, for
"We will see how this will develop. We are sticking strictly to the conditions on the timetable for the Russian fleet's presence there," Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian General Staff, told a news briefing.
Nogovitsyn accused NATO nations of "ratcheting up tension" in the Black Sea, but said
A U.S. Coast Guard ship carrying post-war aid to
The cutter Dallas had been due in Poti, where Russian troops are still manning checkpoints after pushing deep into
"This decision was taken at the highest level of the Pentagon," a
Medvedev has accused the
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