G7 to discuss S Ossetia crisis: Britain

August 11, 2008 12:00 am

, LONDON, August 11 – Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) leading powers were to hold a conference call on the South Ossetia crisis Monday, Britain’s Europe Minister Jim Murphy told BBC radio.

"This afternoon there will be a conference call between the foreign ministers of the G7… to maximise diplomatic pressure on Russia because really this has gone far too far," Murphy said.

"There’s no excuse for Russia bombing targets… in and around Tbilisi and also mobilising the Black Sea fleet."

He added: "Russia (has) extended this in an entirely unacceptable way."
Murphy’s criticism came as Georgia said Russia had stepped up its attacks after Russia took control of the breakaway region.

The United States, a Georgian ally, has also strongly criticised Russia, while mediation plans backed by the European Union aim to secure an immediate ceasefire as well as troop withdrawals and talks between Russia and Georgia.

Speaking to BBC radio, Murphy described intensified Russian attacks in Georgia as "deplorable" and said there could be no military solution to the South Ossetia crisis.

"The fact that Russia is now going even beyond Abkhazia and South Ossetia, bombing sites near to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, the fact that Russia has mobilised at least part of the Black Sea fleet off the coast of Georgia is entirely deplorable Russian military behaviour," he said.

"There cannot be a military solution to this, it is absolutely clear."


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