Georgia denies reports that EU commission accused it of beginning war
Georgia, Tbilisi, September 30 / Trend , N. Kirtskhalia /
"EU commission's report establishing the causes of the Georgian-Russia war in August 2008 does not say that Georgia started the war, and all interpretations in this regard are full of lies," said today Deputy Prime Minister, State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili, commenting on Tagliavini's commission report on the reasons of the war.
He thanked Tagliavini's commission for their work, noting that yet he has read 40 pages of the document.
"This report clearly states that by August 7 the armed forces of Russia already arrived in Tskhinvali region," said Yakobashvili.
According to him, the commission has denied all three conditions for the start of the war, which were presented by Russia. "The commission has not confirmed that in Tskhinvali there was genocide of Ossetians, did not confirm any attacks on Russia's peacekeepers, not the murder of citizens of Russia," he said.
The State Minister stressed that the document fixed preparations of Russia for the provocations.
Yakobashvili also noted that the report "unequivocally stated that ethnic cleansing of Georgians in the region took place.
"The report stressed that Russia, as a peacekeeper, did not fulfill its obligations to build peace, but just against, pursued its own interests to avoid solution of conflicts. The report stated that Russia armed the separatists, and provided them with political and economic assistance," said Yakobashvili, noting that the document also clearly states that Russia's military had no right to invade other areas of Georgia.
"The conclusion is very important that Russia had no right to declare the separatists as independent states," said Minister of State.
Meanwhile, State Minister stressed that the Georgian side did not agree with part of the conclusions in the report by Tagliavini's commission. "It argues that the mass invasion of Russia's troops in Georgia did not take place, it is contrary to the facts. There are other disputable moments, but in general, the document is objective," said Yakobashvili.
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