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Lavrov: Russia recognizes integrity of Georgia, but without Abkhazia and South Ossetia2010-01-25 17:11
Russia recognizes the territorial integrity of Georgia in the border Mikheil Saakashvili set himself - without Abkhazia and South Ossetia, said Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, a few days ago - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"A year and a half passed after the beginning of Georgia's aggression, - the Minister said. - We recognized two independent states, it was the only way to ensure their security and survival of these republics' people," he said.
He added that after the conflict the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan was worked out, and at the negotiations, held in Geneva, issues of not only security, but status as well must be discussed. "We ourselves proposed to discuss status issues in international format, - the Minister mentioned. - We had no plans to invade in Georgia and recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia unilaterally."
According to Lavrov, "Russia fully recognizes and respects territorial integrity of Georgia, but in the borders Saakashvili himself imposed, without South Ossetia and Abkhazia".
"We didn't sever diplomatic relations with Georgia, and we are not to blame that there are few contacts on official line," he noted.