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Medvedev says international tribunal for Saakashvili needed, but unlikely

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he supported the idea of an international tribunal for Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, but said some countries would make such a tribunal unlikely.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he supported the idea of an international tribunal for Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, but said some countries would make such a tribunal unlikely.

"If I were asked, I would say yes," Medvedev said in an interview with Russian and Georgian media when asked about the possibility of Saakashvili facing a tribunal.

Russia and Georgia began a five-day war on August 8, 2008. Russia accused Georgia of attacking its breakaway republic of South Ossetia in an attempt to bring it back under central control, killing several Russian peacekeepers.

"I consider this a glaring violation of international legal norms," Medvedev said. He noted however that the issue was contentious and added: "The creation of such an international tribunal is unrealistic."

Moscow is “indifferent” to a resolution condemning Russia’s “occupation” of Georgia, recently adopted by the U.S. Senate, the Russian president said.

“Those Senate statements are unfounded,” Medvedev said. “They represent the opinion of certain elderly Senate members, who, for some subjective reasons, sympathize with certain people,” he said. “This is a foreign parliament. I don’t care about it.”

 

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