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McCain, Obama Condemn Russia's Aggression Against Georgia


The top two U.S. presidential candidates - Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama - have both condemned Russia's military attacks in Georgia.

In Pennsylvania Tuesday, McCain said he spoke with the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and that he knows the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with that "brave little nation."

McCain said the killing and aggression continue in Georgia. He said he told the Georgian president he speaks for all Americans when says, "Today, we are all Georgians."

Obama called for Russia to sign and implement a cease-fire immediately. In a statement while on vacation in Hawaii, Obama said Russia must halt its violation of Georgian airspace and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia, with international monitors to verify those obligations are met.

In a statement Monday, Obama said there is "no possible justification" for the Russian attacks and called for a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an immediate end to the violence.

McCain has urged the U.N. Security Council to condemn Russia's actions, which he said are in "clear violation of international law" and have no place in 21st Century Europe.

Monday, McCain called for an emergency NATO meeting to demand a cease-fire and begin discussions on deploying peacekeepers to South Ossetia and examining NATO's future relationship with Russia.

The veteran Arizona lawmaker said the very existence of an independent Georgia and the survival of its democratically-elected government are at stake.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.


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