"Those who are guilty of what has happened should bear the responsibility. We can't decide for the Georgian people, as the fate of Saakashvili lies in the hands of his people and in his own hands. I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the disinformation alleging that the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in a conversation with the US Secretary of State supplied conditions according to which Saakashvili should resign and further alleging that the US representative to the UN even agreed that Russia talked about a "regime change"--I wish to remind that "regime change" is not our terminology. I see more of an "American accent" in it," said Malaxov.
"Our problem here is to resolve the situation and to return it to a normal course, and then we'll let the Georgian people themselves sort out their leaders, whom they will choose," said the spokesman for the MFA.
He also cited the most recent numbers on civilian casualties, which according to him, number 1600 dead.