Medvedev's visit to South Ossetia is response to U.S. president: Georgian state minister
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 14 / Trend , N. Kirtzkhalia/
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Tskhinvali is a response to the statement made by U.S. President Barack Obama in Moscow, the Georgian Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili told Trend .
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev paid a working visit to South Ossetia on July 13.
The Russian leader arrived at the presidential administration building of the unrecognized republic, where he met with South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity and several hundred residents of the republic.
"In Moscow, the Russia president for some reason said nothing for Obama's statement about support of Georgia's territorial integrity, which he clearly stated in his speech at a joint news conference," he said.
Yakobashvili believes that "probably the Russian president had decided to respond to his American counterpart's statement with his sudden visit to Tskhinvali to support the separatists, who may have questions after the Moscow meeting.
Vice-premier did not rule out that this visit was also associated with other reasons.
"The visit to the so-called South Ossetia is a symbolic, and it could be linked to the ongoing summit in Ankara on Nabucco," he said.
Yakobashvili said it is symbolic in the sense that Russia's leaders are no longer able to carry out visits to other places, except in the separatist regions. "The symbols of Russia should not be favorable. I think that the Russian people deserve better," he said.
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