Thursday, August 28, 2008

Medvedev and Merkel have telephone conversation

Following considerable international criticism, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev provided explanations of his decision to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who telephoned him.

According to the Kremlin, Medvedev reported that Russia’s position on the matter was known to the whole world before the recognition; however, Russian sources do not report what the position of the German leader was after the conversation, or whether Medvedev managed to convince her that his decision was reasonable.

Angela Merkel has repeatedly urged Medvedev to follow the principles of the six-point ceasefire agreement.

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