- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 6, 2008

CERNOBBIO, Italy (AP) – Vice President Dick Cheney says Russia’s actions in the conflict with Georgia are an “affront to civilized standards.”

Cheney says Russia has given “no satisfactory justification” for invading Georgia last month.

He also says NATO enlargement must continue as the allies see fit, despite Russia’s opposition.

Cheney was speaking to global business and political leaders during a conference Saturday on Italy’s Lake Como as part of a European tour. He also has visited oil-rich Azerbaijan and Georgia, where Russia has recognized the independence of the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Washington has offered Georgia a $1 billion aid package to help it recover from the war with Russia over the regions.

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