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Okruashvili made a statement with new disclosure on Saakashvili2011-05-31 18:16
The former Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili made a loud statement in an interview to Russian "First Channel". According to the "GHN", in this interview, Okruashvili said that Saakashvili opened corridors for the Chechen rebels, not accidentally abolished visa regime with the North Caucasus, as well as "manipulated" the theme of the Circassians, because "someone like that".
Okruashvili made this statements for a film by Anton Vernitsky "Kavkaz-2: Metastasis", which was broadcasted on the eve on the "First Channel" of Russian TV.
Saakashvili knew that Achimez Gochiyayev, one of the organizers of apartment bombings in Moscow and Volgodonsk in September 99th, was given a corridor for the passage across the border, Okruashvili said in an interview.
"He was given such a corridor even twice. The Ministry of Internal Affairs pursued this issue. And he was transported through Daghestan to Turkey. And once he was given such a corridor for coming back. Such questions can not be solved without his (Saakashvili) acknowledgement" - said Okruashvili.
Regarding the financial assistance to Chechen militants Okruashvili said: "I witnessed that the question to use our banks for recieving their money was posed, and it had to be sent to Chechnya".
Cancellation of the visa regime with the Northern Caucasus had its own goals, he says: "As far as corridors for some people who passed through the border, the fact that visa regime with the North Caucasus was unilaterally abolished, it was not done to attract somebody for normal relations. This was done for someone could go there without any visa and passport checking".
Concerning the preparation of an attack on South Ossetia in August 2008, Okruashvili said that former U.S. President George W. Bush, who was in Georgia in 2005 egged Saakashvili on war plans.
"He just told us that guys, if you are doing something up, in one or in another side, he meant South Ossetia and Abkhazia, you should note that (I quote directly his words), I won't be able to help you with my soldiers. All this was understood, and all was recorded. The next day Matthew Bryza came. We discussed the visit of Bush and all of us were reminded his words. And he (Matthew Bryza) said that Bush won't help us with the soldiers, but he did not mean that it is not worth doing "- Okruashvili said.