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Saakashvili Says Russia’s Moves Triggered ‘Serious Crisis’

President Saakashvili said Georgia was still under “serious international crisis,” wherein “military intervention is being carried out in Georgia.”

“But this is not a crisis only for Georgia,” Saakashvili told journalists just before departure to Israel on May 14, where he will take part in a high-profile international conference dedicated to the 60th anniversary of founding of the state of Israel.

“This is a very rough, outrageous and unprecedented attempt to revise the entire world order which was established after break-up of Communism,” he continued. “This is a problem, first of all, for Georgia… But this is a problem for France and Europe as well; this is a huge problem for the United States and other countries as well, including Russia itself.”

Saakashvili also said that active international efforts were underway to resolve the dispute.

“[German foreign minister Frank-Walter] Steinmeier has been holding talks with Russians on Georgia within past two days; [U.S. President] Bush held a separate conversation with [Russian President] Medvedev; [French foreign minister Bernard] Kouchner has also called there [to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov] – to say nothing about a great reaction in the Eastern and Central Europe; I frequently hold conversations with the Polish President and other presidents too. Now I am leaving for Jerusalem to meet with Bush over these issues.”

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