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Russian MFA Information and Press Department Commentary in Connection with G7 Statement Concerning Russia’s Recognition of the Independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia


1262-29-08-2008

The statement of the G7 circulated on August 27 contains the condemnation of Russia’s recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This move bears a biased character and is directed at the justification of Georgia’s aggressive actions. It groundlessly claims that Russia “violates” the territorial integrity of Georgia. Ignored is Russia’s well-argued case for the difficult, but only correct decision to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in the circumstances.

As to the six points of the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, Russia has implemented them in full. Russian troops have been withdrawn; a part of the Russian peacekeepers remain in the security zone abutting South Ossetia in accordance with this plan.

The assertion that “Russia’s decision has called into question its commitment to peace and security in the Caucasus” does not stand up to criticism. On the contrary, the timely and resolute actions of Russia’s leadership have prevented destabilization of the entire Caucasian region.

Russia reaffirms its disposition to interact constructively within the Group of Eight and stands ready for an open and frank exchange of views on all topical issues.


August 29, 2008