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S. Frederick Starr, chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said the invasion exposed a “massive intelligence failure” because no Western nation apparently observed the buildup of Russian troops.

VISIT CANCELED

The conflict in Georgia caused a top official to cancel a visit to Washington.

Giorgi Baramidze, deputy prime minister and state minister for Euro-Atlantic integration, was due here Tuesday to address a morning meeting of the Atlantic Council of the United States and an afternoon news conference at the National Press Club.

The Georgian Embassy blamed Moscow’s “violation of the cease-fire agreement” brokered by France and its failure to begin withdrawing Russian troops as the reasons for the cancellation of the visit.

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