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NATO Chief Does Not Think Georgia Seeks Military Revenge
MOSCOW. Dec 16 (Interfax) - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he does not believe that the Georgian authorities are planning to take revenge for the developments in South Ossetia in August 2008.
Asked on Ekho Moskvy radio whether he agrees with Russia's opinion that Georgia is planning such revenge Rasmussen said it is absolutely not so and that Russia should not be thinking about any such threat from Georgia.
He expressed the belief that Russia should cooperate peacefully with all neighboring countries. He also called on Russia to observe its international commitments.
In his opinion, Russia has not fully implemented the ceasefire plan adopted in autumn 2008 and in this context insistently urged Russia to observe its commitments.
He said that NATO stands for respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia therefore supports the withdrawal of Russian troops from that country.