Three key questions

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was addressing a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said that the global media were not presenting the Caucasian tragedy the way it was.

Georgia unleashed hostilities against South Ossetian towns and villages, and Russia had to force Georgia to accept peace. Western media coverage has been biased at best.

Mr Medvedev called upon journalists to ask themselves three questions to help clarify the conflict. In fact, they would help any objective person of any background:

1. Who started South Ossetian hostilities - Russian peacekeepers or the Georgian army?

2. Would the world community like to see the Ossetian and Abkhaz peoples obliterated completely from the face of the earth?

3. Does the tragedy concern Ossetia and Russia alone, or is it a humanitarian catastrophe?

"Much will become clear to us once we answer these three questions," President Medvedev said.

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