Georgian Foreign Ministry is misquoting21.10.2010 | 20:37
The decision on transferring the checkpoint from the disputable village of Perevi to the Georgian-South-Ossetian border taken by the Russian side during a round of negotiations on security in Transcaucasia held in Geneva drew a curious response of Tbilisi. The RF foreign policy administration made a special statement in connection with the event, expressing hope that this step will "produce an adequate and constructive reaction from the Georgian side and the international community". Unfortunately, Saakashvili's diplomats have long since forgotten about the notion of "adequacy".
Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Nino Kalandadze accused RF Foreign Ministry of cynicism. In her opinion, the fact that Russian Foreign Ministry made this statement after the meeting of the leaders of Russia, France and Germany "confirms the suspicion that this step was made purely to avoid harsh criticism in Deauville and go before the world as a civilized partner". She added that Russian Foreign Ministry's statement is nothing but "gross violation of the international liabilities and an insult to those partners to whom these obligations are undertaken".
However, the Georgian diplomat did not explain how the withdrawal of a group of Russian border guards from a small village at the Georgian-South-Ossetian border could affect Moscow's position at the meeting of the most influential world leaders. Purposefully or not, Kalandadze also kept silent about the fact that Russian foreign policy administration announced the withdrawal of its servicemen from Perevi last week. Let us also underline that the very meeting in Deauville didn't give the smallest hint at the western partners' possible displeasure with Russia's behavior. Moreover, the statement made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy about the necessity of signing a treaty on the non-use of force by Georgia in the region produced much noise in Tbilisi.
South-Ossetian Ambassador to RF Dmitry Medoyev, in his turn, stated in his interview to GeorgiaTimes correspondent that the village of Perevi does not have much significance in the military-strategic aspect. "The problem of the village of Perevi is absolutely artificial and put-up. This location is meaningful neither for South Ossetia, nor for Russia, nor for Georgia. Tbilisi is just a speculation on the matter. Earlier, representatives of the Georgian side tried to gain political score on the issue of Russian servicemen's presence in Perevi at Geneva discussions. Now we can just see Georgia's diplomatic agony, for even its allies in the West realize that this game is up", - underlined the South-Ossetian diplomat.
Dmitry Medoyev paid special attention to the fact that the village of Perevi never fell within the administrative borders of South-Ossetian autonomous region of the Georgian USSR. For the same reason, official Tskhinval did not accept the Georgian government's claims held against Tbilisi as to this location. "Yes, one may say that Perevi holds a rather important geographic position. But this problem should rather be considered in humanitarian aspect. The point is that there are South-Ossetian villages located near Perevi; they turned out to be shut from South Ossetia in the result of the twenty-year destruction by the Georgian party. The checkpoint in Perevi was established by Russian border guards to ensure the security of citizens of these villages. Now communications are being restored here and the construction of the road from South Ossetia to these villages is close to completion. When it became clear that these villages may function in the common space of South Ossetia, ensuring their security by Russian troops became unnecessary", - Medoyev underlined.
According to him, the presence of Russian border guards in Perevi was well-justified and was organized in the context of the operation on forcing Georgia to peace. South-Ossetian Ambassador to RF also called the Russian government's decision on transferring the Perevi checkpoint a "goodwill gesture in respect of Tbilisi". "Unfortunately, the Georgian party took this correct, humane step of Russia in a totally opposite and wrong way. Accusing Moscow of the non-fulfillment of Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement provisions, representatives of the Georgian government openly make up various fiction stories and show an arrogant faith in success. In this way, Mikheil Saakasvhili and his henchmen simply try to gain political stock they are lacking", - South-Ossetian diplomat believes.