US pressures Russia to diplomatically resolve conflict with Georgia. On August 15, Georgia signs ceasefire agreement, which mandates Russia to withdraw combat forces from Georgian territory, but allows Russia to remain peacekeepers in South Ossetia (neighboring area of Russia).
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insited that Russia wil sign the agreement in order to assure immediate troop withdrawal. However, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvill stated, " Georgia will never, ever surrender with Russia " and strongly believes that the West invited Russian aggression by denying NATO membership. However, President Bush stated under no circumstances, the US will not abondon allies with Georgia.
On Saturday, Russia signed ceasefire pact with the French. President Bush stated that Russia now has to be committed in withdrawing their forces.