August 12, 2008 / 6:24 PM / in 9 years

U.S. envoy accuses Russia of planning invasion

TBILISI (Reuters) - Russia prepared in advance for an invasion of Georgia, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matt Bryza told journalists after flying into Tbilisi on Monday.

<p>Russian rocket launchers move past destroyed Georgian tanks in the South Ossetian capital of Tshinvali, August 12, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov</p>

“We heard statements saying that the Russian railroad troops that entered Abkhazia a couple of months ago were there for a humanitarian mission,” he told journalists at the airport.

“Now we know the truth that these forces were there to rebuild the railway to allow ammunition and other military supplies to aid a Russian invasion.”

Reporting by James Kilner

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