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Georgia refused to resume gas supplies to South Ossetia2008-12-17 18:32
Georgia does not intend to resume gas supplies to South Ossetia in new year, states Hasan Pliev, the First Vice Prime Minister of the republic, the State committee on Information and Press informs. The decision of Georgian government prohibits any, including economic, interaction with South Ossetia and Abkhazia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
«In this way, they (Georgian administration) paralyzed gas supplies, possibility of any trade, any interactions between any business entities », Pliev noticed.
According to Pliev, South Ossetian administration will revise its attitude to Georgia, and these issues will be raised to the government presidium.
Now republican administration takes measures to let people survive the winter without gas, Pliev highlighted.
«Coal is carried for South Ossetian schools and kindergartens, where solid fuel mini-boilers have been installed. Great amount of firewood is being logged», he said.
Let us remind that in August 2008 Georgia cut South Ossetia off natural gas supplies. People have to use liquefied gas, exported from Russia.
Gazprom has already started gas pipeline construction to provide South Ossetia with Russian natural gas. Yesterday Viktor Basargin, the Minister of Regional Development, promised gas to winter.
In early December Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, called OSCE to take urgent measures due to Georgia's gas supplies for South Ossetia cessation. Otherwise, the republic can find itself at the verge of humanitarian catastrophe, the Minister highlighted.
Since January 1st 2009 Georgian electricity supplies to Leninogori (Alhalgori) district will be stopped, announced Eduard Kokoyty, the President of South Ossetia, yesterday.
In this way, the economic blockade will not be limited by gas supplies cessation only.