Lavrov has acknowledged on August 12 that he had told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Russia wanted Saakashvili to stand down.
“Saakashvili cannot be a partner and he must stand down,” Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart in Moscow.
“Saakashvili’s brutal actions undermined Georgia’s confidence. We do not feel any confidence to Saakashvili,” Lavrov said.
He also said that Moscow was not actively seeking to overthrow Saakashvili, but also added that situation would improve if Saakashvili left.