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Russia accuses EU and OSCE of inaction in gas blockade of South Ossetia2008-12-31 15:51
Russia accuses OSCE and the EU of inaction in issue of gas blockade of South Ossetia from Georgian side, RIA Novosti informs, alluding to Russian Foreign Ministry.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The Ministry reminded that in end August Georgian gas transport company stopped supplies of Russian gas, running through Georgian territory, to South Ossetia.
According to the message published on the site of Russian Foreign Ministry, South Ossetia residents have to survive severe winter without the main fuel source of heating and power for the fourth month running. Russian Ministry expressed regret the both OSCE and the EU, which advertise their humanitarian activities widely, remain indifferent.
The Ministry reminded that the refuse to let gas to South Ossetia was firstly explained by necessity of gas pipeline in the republican territory repair. According to the document, when it turned out that South Ossetian pipeline was right, Tbilisi stated that Georgian part of it was damaged during the combat actions in August 2008, and the necessity to clear of mines the adjacent districts.
The statement mentioned that Russia,even in OSCE, despite the ruptured relations with Georgia, offered Tbilisi its assistance in gas pipeline repair and clearing the districts of mines. But in reply to the constructive propositions, aimed to solve the acute humanitarian problem in South Ossetia, the Russian side was merely demanded to let some international experts to South Ossetia. South Ossetia administration accepted this demand and claimed they were ready to let any specialists to check the gas pipeline, and ensure their security. But there is still no adequate reply neither from Georgian side nor from OSCE. Mediators from the EU, also involved in solving this problem, keep silence, the document informs.
According to the Ministry, the problem has nothing to do with technical issues.
Georgian gas transport company blocked gas supplies in connection with the law on the occupied territories, adopted in Georgia. This law prohibits economic ties with neighboring republics.