Press-releases of the Embassy

August 13, 2008; 01.00

On the situation in South Ossetia (press review)

1. Russia seeks to bring situation in Georgian-S. Ossetian conflict area back to normal

Russia seeks to bring the situation in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict area back to normal, and it is to that end that Russian peacekeepers have been making efforts in South Ossetia, Russias Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow following his meeting with his Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb.

Lavrov said the only acceptable solution to the situation was a withdrawal of the Georgian troops from South Ossetia and the signing of a legally binding agreement on the non-use of force.

2. Lavrov accused the Georgian authorities of genocide and ethnic cleansings in South Ossetia.

Georgias President Mikhail Saakashvilis criminal decision to stage an act of aggression against the republic of South Ossetia has triggered a humanitarian disaster. Russia has no trust in the current Georgian leadership whatsoever.

Lavrov offered assurances that Russia would honour all of its pledges to carry through the operation to force the aggressor to accept peace. According to him, Russias action in South Ossetia is in compliance with Article 51 of the UN Charter, which provides for any countrys right to an individual or joint self-defence.

3. German analyst blames escalation of S.Ossetias conflict

A prominent German analyst, the head of the Global Communications Agency Lorenz Haag believes that the real aim pursued by the organizers of barbaric attacks against Russian citizens in South Ossetia was to drive a wedge between the peoples of Russia and unleash a new bloodbath in the Caucasus.

Addressing reporters in Berlin, Mr. Haag blamed the escalation of the conflict on nationalist demagogues and those who support them. Regrettably, the United States let Georgia believe that no matter what happened Washington would be on its side, the analyst said.

He added that one thing Georgia should finally understand is that there can be no peace in the Caucasus without Russia.

4. Lavrov : Moscow opposed to Georgian peacekeepers staying S.Ossetia

Russia is opposed to Georgian peacekeepers staying in South Ossetia in the future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Tuesday.

"Georgian peacekeepers can no longer stay in South Ossetia. They disgraced their title. They committed a crime by shooting at their comrades with whom they had served in the same peacekeeping contingent," Lavrov told a news conference after talks with his Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb.

"How can it be discussed, how can one even allow the possibility that the Georgian military, in some capacity, can again remain in South Ossetia. But Russian peacekeepers will certainly stay there," he noted.

"We'll carry though our duty to protect the population of South Ossetia, which repeatedly was attacked by Tbilisi - in the early 1990s, and three years ago, in the autumn of 2005, when Mr.Saakashvili tried to unleash a war and take South Ossetia by force," Lavrov underlined.

Georgian army units should be pulled out from the zone of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict, Lavrov said. Among such places, Lavrov named the district of Gori, which accommodates the military facilities that Georgia used for aggression against the breakaway republic.

He also said Russia was not pursuing any objectives other than securing peace and safe living of the people of South Ossetia.

"The only way out is to secure such a situation so that Georgian troops leave, so that they're not in South Ossetia any more and sign legally binding accords on non-use of force. So that therere no opportunities to repeat what the Georgian leadership has done," he said.

Russias actions in South Ossetia conform to Article 51 of the UN Charter, which fixes the right to individual and collective self-defense," Lavrov stated.

According to: official web-sites of the President of the Russian Federation, of the Government of the Russian Federation, of the Ministry of the Foreign Affaires of the Russian Federation, ITAR-TASS News Agency, Russia Today TV Channel