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Moscow urges the Council of Europe to affect Tbilisi2009-01-20 13:49
Moscow requests the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly to urge Tbilisi to stop gas blockade of South Ossetia, the statement of the Department of Information and Press of the Foreign Ministry of Russia claims - RIA-Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Let us remind that Georgia cut off the gas pipeline, leading to South Ossetia, during the August conflict.
The republican gas-distributing net was heavily damaged in the result of the combat actions. According to the statements of South Ossetian government, in October 2008 it was repaired and ready for gas transit.
On January 13th OSCE representatives participated in the check of the Tbilisi - Tskhinval gas pipeline, and proved its good condition.
Yesterday the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, met PACE head, Luis Maria de Puig, in Moscow.
At these negotiations special attention was drawn to the problem of the gas blockade of South Ossetia by the Georgian side.
In conditions of a highland winter it (the blockade) causes even more suffering to people the region, already suffered from Georgian attack, the statement of the Ministry claims.
It was mentioned that the Council of Europe and its organs, including the Parliamentary Assembly, might urge Tbilisi to stop this practice and eliminate obstacles to rendering humanitarian aid to victims not only in Georgia, but in South Ossetia, the document highlights.