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Russia is facing international isolation over its invasion of Georgia, and it's fighting back. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had strong words for the U.S. today. We'll hear about that in a moment. First, today, Russia tried to enlist support for its Georgia policy from China and from a group of former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Russia was rebuffed. NPR's Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer reports.

GREGORY FEIFER: The summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization took place in Tajikistan, where Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said Georgian aggression was unacceptable and had to be stopped.

P: (Speaking foreign language)

FEIFER: Under these extreme conditions, he said, we will continue our predictable and responsible policy in the region.


FEIFER: Russia's international television channel, Russia Today, reported that Moscow got what it was seeking from fellow summit members China, Kazakhstan, Turkistan and Tajikistan.

U: The leaders of the Shanghai Corporation Organization have signed a declaration in support of Russia's peacekeeping mission in South Ossetia.

FEIFER: In fact, Russia's sometime-allies failed to back the Kremlin. No other country has recognized the independence of the Georgian breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Moscow recognized on Monday. Today's final statement from the Shanghai group expressed grave concern over the conflict and urged all sides to solve the standoff through dialogue.

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner today said EU leaders preparing for an emergency summit on Monday are considering sanctions and other measures to put pressure on Moscow to honor its ceasefire agreements with Tbilisi.

There was a sharp response from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said talk of sanctions was the product of a sick and confused imagination.

Gregory Feifer, NPR News, Moscow.

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