(Bejing China) Ucs News– Chinese officials have asked Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin to please leave Beijing. According to the Chinese Department of State, “It is inconsistent for Vladimir Putin be at the Olympics while tanks from his country are attacking the sovereign nation of Georgia.”
Chinese Russia and Georgia were on the brink of war for weeks as the Georgian army waged an offensive in the breakaway republic of South Ossetia. The Russians responded by sending tanks, troops and war-planes across the border. Chinese officials basted Vladimir Putin for using the Olympics as cover for the Russian raid into Georgia.
More than a thousand civilians were reported to have been killed and large parts of Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, were reduced to ruins as a conflict with potentially global repercussions erupted after months of rising tension. Georgia announced last night that it was withdrawing half of its 2,000 troops from Iraq as it ordered an all-out military mobilization.
“We have Russian tanks moving in. We have continuous Russian bombardment,” President Saakashvili declared as he appealed for international support. “Russia is fighting a war with us in our own territory.”
The United States, the European Union and Nato appealed for an immediate end to the fighting and for the crisis to be resolved through direct talks. President Bush pledged US support for Georgia’s territorial integrity after holding talks with Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, in Beijing where both men were attending the opening of the Olympic Games.