U.S. Senator Richard Lugar said Tuesday that he expected discussion of Turkey's recent proposal for establishment of a cooperation and stability alliance in the Caucasus to be postponed until complete withdrawal of Russian troops in Georgia to the "status quo ante" situation.
He said the idea was new and the U.S. was not consulted beforehand regarding this proposal.
Republican Party Senator Lugar, who is visiting Turkey, met with Turkish FM Ali Babacan in Ankara.
Answering questions from reporters after the meeting, Lugar said Russia's decision to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia "was not helpful with regards to peace and security in the area."
He said U.S. along with the most nations in the world, believed in the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and all nations, noting that this ought not be violated.
"We believe that negotiations are likely to proceed with regards to South Ossetia and we suspect that they will lead to constructive results," said Lugard.
Lugar said U.S. had been extending strong humanitarian and diplomatic support to Georgia, adding that it would continue to take constructive actions that would bolster Georgia.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ağustos 2008, 10:54