Russian State Duma Adopts Anti Georgian Statement

(Combined Sources)–On August 5–the Russian State Duma unanimously adopted a special statement concerning "the deterioration of the situation in the Caucasus." The document reads–in particular–that there exists conditions of unending threats on the part of the Georgian leadership in regard to Russian citizens permanently residing in the territory of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and "there appear circumstances that infringe upon the Russian sovereignty."

The Russian parliamentarians noted that the conflict in Georgia "is swiftly moving toward a large-scale military confrontation in the Caucasus."

"Because of the Georgian leadership–the Russian Federation may be involved in it. In the event of the development of a military conflict–thousands of Russian citizens residing in the Caucasian region’s republic might be involved," reads the document.

The State Duma called upon the President and Government of Russia to help normalize the situation in areas of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and guarantee the security of Russian citizens living the regions.

In responding to the Duma’s statement–the Georgian Foreign Ministry noted that the Russian parliamentarians used "unacceptable terminology" and misrepresented facts. Responding to an August 4 threat issued by the Russian side concerning the use of water routes off the coast of Georgia–which stated that "any attempts to harm–or moreover–threaten the lives of Russian citizens would be duly repelled," the Georgian Foreign Ministry said that Abkhazia and its territorial waters enter the jurisdiction of Georgia–giving Georgia full right to establish control over the territories.

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