French president Nicolas Sarkozy put together the six-point plan to end the war between Georgia and Russia. So he is one of the most vexed at what has happened since.
As current EU president he is taking a lead on the issue, and on Wednesday he spoke with the Russian and Georgian presidents on the phone, stressing the â€œurgent need to lower tension and apply all six points of the peace planâ€.
Sarkozy has called an extraordinary European Council meeting for 1st September. â€œNo one wants to go back to a cold war. NATO is not an opponent of Russia, but a partner. With regards to the European Union it has the will to build, with Russia, an intricate and positive relationship. But today it is up to Russia to make a fundamental choice,â€ he said.
Russian President Dimitri Medvedev was in Dushanbe in Tajikistan on Wednesday ahead of a meeting of the Shanghai bloc of nations. He has written to several world leaders and western media outlets to explain his recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhaziaâ€™s independence, saying Russia had â€œno choiceâ€.
He added Russia would pull all its forces out of Georgia and welcome international peacekeepers as soon as a mechanism for sending them was established.