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Putin for settlement of situation around Abkhazia and South Ossetia2009-09-01 15:43
Russia campaigns for working out the principles for settling situation around Abkhazia and South Ossetia, recognized by Russia in August 2008, Russian PM Vladimir Putin said - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Principles to settle the situation must be worked out," Putin said and added that Russian was left nothing but to recognize independency of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, These steps were caused by "irresponsible steps of Georgia".
Previously Georgia Times reported that at night of August 8th Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, ordered to assault Tskhinval. According to Mamuka Kurashvili, the commander of peacemaking battalion, the Clean Field operation was aimed to "restore constitutional order in the entire region". Tbilisi lost control over South Ossetia in 1992, after the first Georgian-ossetian war.
Many residents of South Ossetia are Russian citizens. Russia drew 10 000 military servicemen and hundreds of military machinery units to the conflict area. Peace enforcement operation was over on August 12th, Georgian military retreated.
Abkhazia [in fact out of Tbilisi's control since 1993] ousted Georgian forces from the upper part of Kodori gorge.
In response to the recognition Tbilisi severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, claimed the two republics the occupied territories and quitted CIS.