Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov sent a letter to UNSecretary General Cofi Annan with a full text of Putin's speech aboutGeorgia that he made yesterday. Ivanov reported in an interview withjournalists that Moscow "strongly supports the idea that all countriesshould fulfill their obligations provided for in relative resolutions ofthe UN Security Council." This concerns not only the obligation to struggle against terrorism athome, but also "not to let terrorists, who live in your country, actagainst other countries." In this connection, based on the UN charter and relative resolutions of theUN Security Council, Russia will raise this question to Georgia - fromwhich territory have terrorist rebels used to cross over into Russia andcommit crimes. Such acts were proved by international observers in Georgia,he added.At the same time, the Minister accepted the possibility that he might meetwith his Georgian counterpart at the 57th session of the UN GeneralAssembly, the RTR television reports. .
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now