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Yesterday, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili made perhaps the sharpest statement ever addressed to Moscow during his term of presidency
Yesterday, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili made perhaps the sharpest statement ever addressed to Moscow during his term of presidency, Kommersant reported. He accused Russia of direct military interference in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict. "The forces that attacked our positions were, no doubt, Russia's Armed Forces," he said. Georgia is "very close" to a war with Russia, he declared. Such a prospect does not suit Russia. In the past, Russia tried to stop attempts by the Georgian leadership to shift the Georgian-Ossetinian conflict into a confrontation between Russia and Georgia. Major-General Svyatoslav Nabzdorov, commander of the joint peacekeeping force in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone described accusations addressed to Russia of alleged attacks on Georgian villages in South Ossetia as unfounded. "It looks like the search for a third force is not enough for the Georgian leaders," he said, "and they have already started to look for a fourth and a fifth force." According to sources close to the Kremlin, Saakashvili's statement was discussed yesterday at a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi. The paper's sources said that Moscow would not let the Georgian president's statement go unanswered. Tbilisi's calculation seems to be simple enough - to frighten the world with a new war in the Caucasus and achieve an internationalization of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, the Kommersant concluded.
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