Russia's Medvedev slams Saakashvili over conflict

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday slammed Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili, saying he had acted as a “lunatic” and had lied about a ceasefire during a conflict over South Ossetia.

“You know, lunatics’ difference from other people is that when they smell blood it is very difficult to stop them. So you have to use surgery,” Medvedev told reporters after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“As for claims by the Georgian president that the ceasefire has been observed for two 2 days, that’s a lie. Georgian forces continued to fire at peacekeepers, unfortunately people were killed yesterday. .. There was no ceasefire from the Georgian side.”

Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov and Maria Golovnina, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Michael Stott