US President George W. Bush has again expressed Washingtonâ€™s support for Tbilisi. In a statement made from the White House, Bush said: â€œThe people of Georgia have cast their lot with the free world and we will not cast them aside.â€
He also accused Moscow of â€œbullyingâ€ and damaging its international standing by sending its military into Georgia:
â€œThe Cold War is over, the days of satellite states and spirals of influence are behind us. A contentious relationship with Russia is not in Americaâ€™s interest and a contentious relationship with America is not in Russiaâ€™s interest. With its action in recent days, Russia has damaged its credibility, and its relations with the nations of the free world.
He added: â€œTo begin to repair relations with the United States, Europe and other nations and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must respect the freedom of its neighbours.â€
Bush also said Washington wants to have good relations with Moscow and not revert to Cold War-era relationships.