Georgian president defends war decisions

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Georgia's president has defended the decisions made in the run-up to the August war with Russia and has again blamed Moscow.

Mikhail Saakashvili has been testifying for the first time before a parliamentary committee investigating the cause and conduct of the war.

He says Georgia's decision to attack South Ossetia on Aug. 7 was in response to what he calls Russian intervention in the separatist region.

He also says that Georgia did not ask Washington or other allies for approval before the assault. The attack prompted Russia to invade and occupy large sections of Georgia.

Saakashvili said in Friday's testimony that "We didn't ask for a green light from anyone."

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


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