Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday condemned "aggressive actions" by Georgian troops in South Ossetia, and said that Russia would be compelled to retaliate.
"It is regrettable that on the day before the opening of the Olympic Games, the Georgian authorities have undertaken aggressive actions in South Ossetia," said Putin in the Chinese capital
"They have in effect begun hostilities using tanks and artillery," he added. "It is sad, but this will provoke retaliatory measures."
Putin said he had discussed the situation with Chinese leaders and with U.S. President George W. Bush, who is also in
"Everybody agrees -- nobody wants to see a war," he said.