South Ossetia no precedents for other rebel regions: Russia
Moscow, Sep 18 (RIA Novosti) Russia Thursday said its recognition
of Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
as independent states does not set a precedent for other post-Soviet
"Unlike Georgia, other ex-Soviet states involved in territorial
disputes do not plan to use military force to resolve them.
There can be no parallels here," Foreign Minister Sergei
Moscow said its counterattack following Georgia's offensive
to retake South Ossetia in early August and the subsequent
recognition of the two breakaway regions' independence were
its moral duty and necessary to protect them from possible
new acts of aggression.
The majority of Western states have sided with Tbilisi in
the dispute, and strongly criticized Russia.
Lavrov said Russia is committed to its mediation efforts in
disputes between Moldova and its breakaway Transdnestr region,
mainly populated by ethnic Russians and Ukrainians, and Armenia-Azerbaijan
talks on the disputed Nagorny Karabakh territory.
"Russia will actively promote peaceful solutions to all
the conflicts in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States)
in line with international law and UN Charter," he said.
"We will pursue our mediation in peace talks, including
over Transdnestr and Nagorny Karabakh."
"None of the sides engaged in the Nagorny Karabakh and
Transdnestr talks has nurtured plans to violate international
law, existing agreements, the settlement format and to bomb
civilians and peacekeepers," Lavrov said.
Russia signed formal cooperation treaties with Abkhazia and
South Ossetia Wednesday promising military and economic aid
to the regions.
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