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Georgian ministry of interior gets deceived2011-06-24 13:05
Another consultation on incident prevention and response was held on the Abkhaz-Georgian border embracing representatives of Tbilisi, Sukhum and the European Union. These meetings are organized regularly, their results are modest, but Georgia takes pains making preparations. This time representatives of Sakartvelo expressed concern over growing Russian military contingent" in the territory of Abkhazia. Georgians fail to confirm the information - so they refer to Russian mass media. We decided to see where the Georgian security officials take the information from.
officials take the information from.
The news on planned reinforcement of the Russian military contingent in Abkhazia was published on LifeNews (Russia) with the journalists referring to a meeting between Russian and Abkhaz defense ministers where it was decided to increase the military contingent in view of persisting Georgian threat. The core of the agreement is that it is important to strengthen Russia's military presence in the region because of preparations for Sochi Olympics.
Our sources in Abkhaz ministry of defense confirm the information on a recent meeting with the head of Russia's defense. However, they can't say what exactly was discussed. Indeed, such meetings are held regularly, and the range of topics is quite wide.
Reading the news item on LifeNews expertly, it looks very unprofessionally prepared - dragged out of an archive.
Here are some quotations: "Russia and Abkhazia have agreed to increase the peacekeeping force on the Russia-Abkhaz and Abkhaz-Georgian borders", "according to the interlocutor, by 2013 the peacekeeping contingent will be increased to 3,500". And finally: "3,500 is not in excess of the parameters stipulated in the agreements discussed by the Council of CIS leaders". Mind the phrases: "peacekeeping contingent" and "the Council of CIS leaders".
Apparently, the author refers to a different reality. Peacekeeping contingent was the term applied to the Russian troops before the war in South Ossetia in 2008. It seems that the correspondent has little knowledge of the subject and refers to Russian troops in Abkhazia as to peacekeeping but the last quotation of an official of the Russian ministry of defense contradicts that. The quotation features the Council of CIS leaders that did approve a mandate to carry out a peacekeeping operation in Abkhazia. But upon Russia's pull-out from Abkhazia and Georgia's withdrawal from the CIS, no council of leaders discusses a now historical peacekeeping operation.