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South Ossetia rejected Georgian grants2009-03-04 12:12
South Ossetia doesn't need Georgian money, and official Tbilisi's statements of readiness to spend money on the republic's infrastructure reconstruction sound cynically and do not interest Tskhinval - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
This was the comment of Dmitry Medoyev, the South Ossetia's ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia upon the statements of Mikheil Machavariani, the Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament. The latter claimed that Georgia has funds it is ready to spend on the republics' infrastructure reconstruction providing Russia withdraws troops from South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
As Machavariani mentioned in the air of the Ekho Moskvy (the Echo of Moscow), the funds amount USD 4 bn. A part of these funds can be spent on the republics' reconstruction.
"Proposals of Saakashvili regime, uttered by the Vice Speaker , are absolutely hopeless. Liberty and independency of South Ossetia are not for. The people of South Ossetia paid an incredibly high price for its freedom and independency. And this price cannot be measured by money". Medoyev responded.
The ambassador underlined that Georgia itself is a subsidized country "with a zero level of economy".
"In the course of the entire post-Soviet period governments of Georgia has been receiving tranches from Western countries and organizations. Western patrons suggested that part of this money will be spent on South Ossetia as well. But I can claim responsibly that since 1991 up to August 2008 we didn't get a cent", Medoyev said.
According to the ambassador, the money was written off , allegedly on aid for South Ossetia, but in fact were appropriated by the official Tbilisi. "These funds, especially in the period of Saakashvili's rule, were spent on arming Georgia", he added.
The ambassador highlighted that the Georgian authorities several times had opportunity to render aid to South Ossetia, "but for some reason they saw no need to take it until Russia recognized us".