Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Obama Factor: Russia Says Georgia Fired on South Ossetia, Threatens Force

Blame it on Obama and Biden...

Russia Says Georgia Fired on South Ossetia, Threatens Force

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Russia accused Georgia of firing at South Ossetia and warned that its troops may fight back, as the countries prepare for the first anniversary of the war over the separatist region. Georgia denied the claims.

Georgia launched mortars and grenades at observation posts near Tskhinvali, South Ossetia’s capital, over the past four days, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on its Web site today.

Meanwhile it looks as if Russia is setting up Georgia.

In an interview with Russian media separatist leader Eduard Kokoity accused the EU monitors of ineffective work and negligence in the conflict region. Kokoity said that the negligence and passivity of the EU monitors encourages Georgia to organise more provocations against South Ossetia. However the local villagers say that the shooting came from Russian-controlled territory. They say that first there was a big explosion then the firing started.

“We heard a loud explosion, everyone was woken up. We came out of our houses. After the explosion intensive firing began and lasted for about an hour. Luckily no one was injured,” Giorgi Mindiashvili, a resident of Zemo Nikozi, told Georgian TV yesterday.

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