Medvedev: European monitors to deploy to Georgia

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Dmitry Medvedev says Russian troops will pull out of Georgian territory, but he's also blasting the former Soviet republic's leaders, accusing them of carrying out U.S. orders.

Medvedev spoke after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Moscow today. Sarkozy is heading a European Union delegation that's pressing Kremlin leaders to follow through on a peace deal worked out after Russia and Georgia fought a five-day war for control of two breakaway provinces.

Medvedev says European Union monitors will deploy to regions surrounding South Ossetia and Abkhazia by October, and Russian troops will withdraw after that.

But he also alleges that Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili was acting either on "direct orders, or silent approval" from Washington when Georgian forces launched an offensive to retake control of South Ossetia. He called that an "idiotic action," adding "people died and now all of Georgia must pay."

Medvedev also says Russia will not revisit its decision to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states. He calls the decision "a reality" which the world will "have to reckon with."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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