French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told thousands of Georgians in the capital, Tbilisi, that Russia should stop making “threats” against its neighbour.
Mr Sarkozy said Russia was considered a friend, but attempts to intimidate Georgia were “unacceptable”.
He said Russia should abide by the terms of a ceasefire agreed in 2008, which the French leader helped broker.
It is Mr Sarkozy’s first visit to Georgia in three years.
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