Russian troops and armor moved in or around at least three Georgian towns on Thursday, ignoring demands by Washington that Moscow respect Georgia's territorial integrity.
Reuters witnesses saw Russian troops in the key central Georgian town of Gori and outside the western town of Zugdidi. Residents in the Black Sea port of Poti saw a Russian incursion.
In Moscow, the Russian General Staff said it was legitimate for "Russian peacekeepers" to be in Poti and for what it termed "reconnaissance parties" to be in Gori, two days after Russia signed up to a French-led peace plan to stop the fighting.
Russian armed forces have occupied parts of Georgia since repelling a Georgian attack last week on the tiny pro-Russian separatist territory of South Ossetia.
The conflict has spooked oil markets and alarmed the West, which fears it could spiral out of control.
Sharpening the confrontation with the United States over the future of Georgia, Medvedev received in the Kremlin on Thursday the leaders of the two separatist regions at the heart of the week-old conflict and promised them Moscow's backing.
"Russia's position is unchanged: we will support any decisions (on future status) taken by the peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in accordance with the U.N. Charter...and not only do we support but we will guarantee them," a stern- looking Medvedev said.
In Georgia, U.S. military planes airlifted aid in a show of Washington's support for its embattled ally.
http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-Geor ... =0&sp=true
hummmmmmmmmmmmm...which ally?support for its embattled ally
Do you think the US should really be ' taking sides ' on this issue? This is not a case where the US has shared fond and lasting friendships with Russia or Georgia...it's not like picking sides between Britain and France...this is sticking your nose into an argument between two ' very recent ' former enemies...
not IMO a good idea.