With European Union leaders set to discuss how to deal with an increasingly assertive Russia, the country's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, lashed out at Georgia and its Western supporters on Friday.
Russia defended the honor and the lives of its citizens with its war in Georgia, Putin said in an interview with Germany's ARD television, arguing that it stuck to its mandate to help keep peace in South Ossetia.
"Such a country will not be in isolation," Putin said in an excerpt shown on state-run Russian television.
Putin also warned Europe not to do America's bidding and said Moscow did not fear Western sanctions.
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