Georgia: Russia fails to get Asian backing

Dushanbe, Aug 28 | Updated: Aug 29 2008, 05:33am hrs
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev failed to win crucial support from his Asian allies on Thursday in Moscow's confrontation with the West over war in Georgia.

The West supported its ally Georgia when Russia sent in troops this month to crush Tbilisi's attempt to retake the Moscow-backed separatist region of South Ossetia.

Moscow appeared diplomatically isolated when it recognised the independence of South Ossetia and another Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia on Tuesday.

Medvedev suffered a new diplomatic setback when leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), who gathered for a summit in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, failed to explicitly back his Caucasus policy. "The SCO states express grave concern in connection with the recent tensions around the South Ossetian issue.