Russia opposed to rearming Georgia

Russia is dead against rearming Georgia, which launched an aggressive attack against South Ossetia last month. This came in a statement at a news conference in Moscow by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The European Union has come to pose as the main guarantor of the non-use of force by Georgia. International conrollers that will comprise those of European Union without fail are due to be deployed in the safety belts around South Ossetia and Abkhazia in keeping with the plan that the Russian and French Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy agreed yesterday.

The controllers are due to replace the Russian peacekeepers and shoulder all responsibility for preventing Georgia from more attempts to attack the two republics. The OSCE and UN controllers who had been deployed inside South Ossetia and Abkhazia before the recent developments in the Caucasus will continue to do their duty.

On Russia’s additional involvement in the mission Lavrov said it was immaterial to Moscow. Russian controllers form part of the OSCE mission, which was basically charged with Georgian-South Ossetian relations, as well as they form part of the UN mission in Abkhazia.

The Russian Foreign Minister has also underlined that Russia’s armed units, deployed in South Ossetia and Abkhazia at the request of the two republics’ leaders, are in charge of the republics’ security.

Russia has got down to forming a contractual basis for this country’s relations with South Ossetia and Abkhazia to rest on. Russia recognized their independence last month.

[Source: The Voice of Russia, Moscow, 09Sep08]

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