Russian President Urges War Crime Tribunal

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MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili should face a war crimes tribunal, but he doubts that will happen.

Medvedev made the comment during a news conference Thursday, as the third anniversary of the Georgia War nears, ITAR-Tass reported.

“If you asked for my personal opinion, I would say yes, because I think what has happened was a flagrant violation of international laws.” Medvedev said. “However, it would not be possible to rely on Russia’s position alone in this matter, so the creation of such a tribunal is impossible.”

Medvedev touched on Russia’s recent admission into the World Trade Organization, which Georgia did not approve. He suggested Russia’s accession could be used to renew relations between Georgia and Russia.

“If the Georgian authorities show wisdom in this case … I think it could become a point of contact between our countries, if not quite a turning point in our relations,” he said. “We could use it to re-establish trade and economic relations and after that, we may go on to our diplomatic relations. Let me remind you that we were not the ones to sever our diplomatic relations in the first place. That was initiated by Georgia. That would be good, but the ball is in their court.”

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