Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement today concerning Russian military operations in Georgia:

 "Russian President Medvedev’s order to end Russia’s military operations against Georgia is a positive development, but this step must be followed by the withdrawal of Russian troops to the positions held before the conflict and by successful international mediation to restore peace to the region. The invasion of a small neighboring country closely allied with the United States does not serve Russian interests and is not in line with Russia’s announced intentions. Such aggressive behavior only increases tension and raises suspicion about Russian goals, while also creating a humanitarian crisis in an already volatile region.  The United States, working with our allies in Europe and in the region, must send a message to Russia that its actions against Georgia are unacceptable."