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Lavrov: Georgian side deliberately creates negative image of Russia in mass media2009-01-16 15:46
"Very often Georgian side provides information background, deliberately describing situation in a negative way," said Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, at today's press conference, RIA Novosti informs. The statement was caused by the message of a Georgian policeman had been killed at the border with South Ossetia, supposedly with a shot from Russian side.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"I receive messages from the region every day, a great number of them find no confirmation, therefore I cannot comment it", Lavrov underlined.
Answering at the question of a Georgian journalist, why did Russia that denied unilateral recognition of Kosovo, decided to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia unilaterally, the Minister stated the principle difference of the two situations. He reminded that Belgrade never violated agreements, whereas Tbilisi violates them constantly.
Lavrov mentioned that 3 events urged Russia to recognize the republics: Saakashvili's denial to discuss status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, described in Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, internationally; the statement of the Minister of Defense of Georgia, in accordance with which the war was not over and Georgia would in any case return Abkhazia and South Ossetia; news from some Western capitals informing that Georgian army would be rearmed and its potential would be restored.
"It was that last straw that urged us to make this decision", Foreign Minister concluded.