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Dvani: shooting on the sly and on the hush2009-01-22 13:25
Georgia reported on another incident on the border with South Ossetia. According to the republic's Interior Ministry information two Georgian policemen were injured in shooting from South Ossetia near Dvani village.
According to Newsru.com with reference to Georgia's Interior Ministry on January 19 around 5 pm there was 20-minute machine gun shooting near Dvani village. A police pickup came under fire.
The next day Georgia's Interior Ministry released an official statement containing accusations against Russian militaries.
This document is quoted by "Novaya Politica" newspaper: "By its provocative acts Russia is demonstrating to the international community what country is a real threat to peace and stability in the Caucasian region". Then the international community is proposed to analyze Russia's "provocative acts" and make appropriate conclusions. There is a reminder that it has not been the first assault against Georgian policemen near the border with South Ossetia for the past few days.
Answering to the accusations of the Georgians the republic's Defense Ministry pointed out: "We do not have reliable information that the Georgian policemen were injured".
It is really astonishing the way Georgian authorities obstinately repeat their roaring accusations not caring a bit about slightly convincing evidence or common sense. As if the fact of shooting from South Ossetia is more than enough to give categorical assertions: a Russian soldier aimed at a Georgian policeman. However there is some common sense in it: to break neck convincing the world community that Russia is a hopeless aggressor and provoker thus setting the Western world on alert.
There is another extremely curious thing about this case. It turns out as Interfax reports with reference to South Ossetia's Defense Ministry press service that an hour before machine gun bursts on the police pickup the shots were heard in the opposite direction: from Dvani to the village of Mugut in South Ossetia. Verbal reaction of the republic's military authority was not out of place: it was another act of provocation.
So how did the Foreign Ministry actively supporting peace on the Georgian border respond to the accusation? There was no response. Even two days later there were neither comments nor contradictions. Not a slightest reference at all. Maybe Georgian diplomats consider South Ossetian Defense Ministry's statement not official enough? Are they waiting for the reaction of the republic's Foreign Ministry? Or does silence mean consent?