Russia stopped Georgian aggression to save human lives — Lavrov

May 8, 2009 4:53 am 

MOSCOW, May 7 — Russia stopped Georgia’s aggression not to win geopolitical scores, but to save human lives in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Euronews television on Thursday

“We intervened in the situation and stopped Georgian aggression not to win geopolitical scores, but to save human lives, to provide safety and to ensure the very survival of the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” the foreign minister stressed.

“And the actions that we take now unambiguously express our full determination never to allow a repeat of the situation that the Georgian president sanctioned the night of August 8th last year,” Lavrov said.

“Regarding Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russia didn’t recognise these two as independent republics just to play a kind of geopolitical game,” he continued.

Comparing the situation around South Ossetia and Abkhazia with Chechnya, Lavrov said: “You know, Chechnya as an irritant between Russia and the West was, in many ways, an artificial affair”.

“It was our pain, our problem and this problem was created for us by forces of international terrorism, which is a fact acknowledged by many. Now, happily, the situation is absolutely different, peace is returning, though acts of terror still happen, as much in Chechnya as in other republics of the Northern Caucasus,” the top Russian diplomat stressed. (PNA/Itar-Tass)

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