Russian FM: Georgia is preparing a provocation on August 26
According to information released today by the Russian Foreign Ministry, in occasion of the third anniversary of recognition of independence of South Ossetia on August 26, Georgian authorities intend to carry out large-scale provocation.
"They are preparing a "peace march" from the Georgian village Odzisi to the border post at the road leading to the South Ossetian city Leningori. The march will involve up to three thousand inhabitants of the camps for displaced persons of the village Tserovani, as well as people from Chechnya living in Akhmeta district of Georgia. The script of this action involves an attempt of mass illegal entry into South Ossetia under the slogans of the return of refugees to their homes" - the "GHN" quoted Foreign Ministry of Russia.
"The recruitment of potential participants of the march is organized as a part of a planned re-registration of refugees in Georgia by the Ministry of Refugees and Resettlement" - said later in the Foreign Ministry of Russia.
"The authorities are widely using methods of pressure and threats. In some cases, citizens are forced to give a subscription to the obligation to take part in a "peace march".
This new irresponsible and provocative idea of Tbilisi is very dangerous. It is fraught with destabilization of the fragile situation in the region. It is particularly striking by cynicism of organizers of the "peace march", confirming that the fate of refugees, with whose interests Georgian leaders are ostensibly so concerned - is nothing more than a bargaining chip in their political games" -said in a statement.
"We strongly warns Georgian side against attempts to plunge a new adventure in the region. We hope that other members of the international community will send relevant unambiguous signals to Tbilisi" - said the Russian Foreign Ministry.