South Ossetia reserves the right to strike Georgian cities

South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity said that Tskhinvali's response to Tbilisi's aggressive actions will be very tough.

"Our response to these aggressive actions will be very tough and very sensitive to Georgia," E. Kokoity said on Friday to Interfax on the phone.

According to the President, the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia is "compelled to reply and defend itself."

"We reserve the right to strike. Regarding Georgian towns, we have received what they will get," E. Kokoity stressed.

Speaking about today's sniper operations by the Georgian side in South Ossetia, he stressed that "responsibility for it lies as well with the U.S. and Ukraine, who handed over to Tbilisi respectively 120 and 40 sets of sniper weapons recently."

For his part, the Deputy Minister of Defense and Emergency Situations South Ossetia Ibrahim Gasseev reported that the Armed Forces were put in a state of heightened alert.

"According to the information minister, Georgian military equipment is on the eastern and southern borders of the city of Tskhinvali in the villages of Ergneti and Zemo-Nikozi.

"If the Georgian side continues its provocative actions, we will give them a firm response. The armed forces are on high alert," I. Gasseeva is quoted as saying by official website The State Committee on Information and Press of the Republic of South Ossetia.

[Source: Interfax, Moscow, 01Aug08]

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