Saakashvili warns West of price of failing to help Georgia
"If Georgia falls, this will also mean the fall of the West..."
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili warned Western countries Monday that democracy was at risk throughout the former Soviet region if his country was allowed to fall in the face of Russian aggression, according to AFP.
"If Georgia falls, this will also mean the fall of the West in the entire former Soviet Union and beyond,`` Saakashvili wrote in the Wall Street Journal Europe. "Leaders in neighboring states -- whether in Ukraine, in other Caucasian states or in Central Asia -- will have to consider whether the price of freedom and independence is indeed too high.``
Russian troops swept through South Ossetia on Sunday as Georgia pulled back its soldiers from the breakaway region and appealed for a ceasefire.