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USA: Russian delegation walks out of Georgian President's UN speech00:51

USA: Russian delegation walks out of Georgian President's UN speech

United States, New York
September 26, 2013 at 00:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Russian delegation walks out of Georgian President's UN speech

Russia's United Nations delegation walked out of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's UN General Assembly address, Wednesday. The Georgian leader railed against what he claimed was pressure on his country from Moscow and what he believes are Russian efforts to annex parts of Georgia.

Saakashvili used his position on the podium to praise Europe and criticise Russia, accusing the latter of operating an imperialistic policy: "I came here in the name of Georgian people to ask you, the international community, to react strongly to this aggression and to help us to put an end to the Russian annexation of our lands."

In a statement shortly after Saakashvili's address UN envoy Vitaly Churkin explained that it was the anti-Russian and anti-Christian character of the speech that caused the Russian delegation to leave the room. Churkin further stated that the speech contained factual inaccuracies.

Georgia was part of the former Soviet Union, and fought a war with Russia in 2008. The main road leading to the airport in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi is named George W. Bush Avenue.

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USA: Russian delegation walks out of Georgian President's UN speech

Russia's United Nations delegation walked out of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's UN General Assembly address, Wednesday. The Georgian leader railed against what he claimed was pressure on his country from Moscow and what he believes are Russian efforts to annex parts of Georgia.

Saakashvili used his position on the podium to praise Europe and criticise Russia, accusing the latter of operating an imperialistic policy: "I came here in the name of Georgian people to ask you, the international community, to react strongly to this aggression and to help us to put an end to the Russian annexation of our lands."

In a statement shortly after Saakashvili's address UN envoy Vitaly Churkin explained that it was the anti-Russian and anti-Christian character of the speech that caused the Russian delegation to leave the room. Churkin further stated that the speech contained factual inaccuracies.

Georgia was part of the former Soviet Union, and fought a war with Russia in 2008. The main road leading to the airport in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi is named George W. Bush Avenue.