Senate hawks 'disappointed' by remarks from election winner in Georgia

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“In this respect, we are disappointed and troubled by divisive remarks attributed to Mr. Ivanishvili calling on President Saakashvili to resign, by unspecified threats of prosecutions, and by reported acts of unrest and intimidation by Georgian Dream supporters,” they wrote. “As always, the future of the U.S.-Georgia relationship depends on the continued development and deepening of Georgia's democratic culture and institutions.”

Ivanishvili on Wednesday backpedaled on his call for Saakashvili to resign, saying he was not issuing an ultimatum.