OSCE Should Not Any Issue without Tskhinvali: Russian Foreign Ministry
Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 September / Trend corr. V.Zhavoronkova / "Russia is a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and as a member guarantees that no concerning South Ossetia will be discussed at the OSCE without Tskhinvali," Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, said at a news-conference in South Ossetia, the Russian Vesti TV channel reported.
"We are for the European Union (EU) to carry out obligation, which it undertook as a guarantee of peace. Mandate of the OSCE observers should be specified in Georgia. I am for eight OSCE observers to assist in maintenance of interethnic peace," he said.
According to Lavrov, Russia will ink agreements with unrecognized regions in all fields.
Large-scale military operations commenced in the unrecognized South Ossetia republic in the early morning of 8 August. Georgian Army was reported to enter Tskhinvali. Then Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and forced Georgian Army back to the Georgian territory.
On 12 August, the Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev said that he made a decision to end operations to compel Georgia to peace.
It was decided to hold the Russian peacekeeping forces and the international observers in the territory of Georgia.
Russia one-sidedly recognized independencies of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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