Tagliavini's report not to change West's attitude towards war in Georgia: expert
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 1 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The report, submitted to the sides of August war in Georgia by the European Commission yesterday, will not change attitude of the West towards events of 2008, leading American Expert on Georgia Lincoln Mitchell said.
"The report essentially confirms most of what Europe and the U.S have said for the last year. It echoes the conventional wisdom that Georgia was heavily provoked and started first on the 7th of August, but that the greater fault lies with Russia, Professor of the Columbia University Mitchell wrote Trend in an email.
Today Tagliavini commission has submitted its report on grounds of the war launching to the Georgian and Russian sides. Georgia was unambiguously accused of launching first the war against Russia and made the first shot, Chizhov said after getting the document.
Georgian representative to the EU Salome Samadashvili flatly disagrees with interpretations that were presented to journalists by her Russian colleague regarding EU commission's report establishing the grounds of the Georgian-Russia war in August 2008. "Assessment and interpretation by ambassador Vladimir Chizhov were incorrect," she said.
"We can already say that we agree with the facts stipulated in the document, but we protest against the interpretation of these facts. In any case, the document must be studied more thoroughly, but it does not say that Georgia started the war," she said.
Military actions launched in the territory of unrecognized Republic of South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Georgian troops entered capital of South Ossetia - Tskhinvali. Later Russian troops occupied city and drove Georgian military men back to Georgia. Russia recognized independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia late August. In response Tbilisi broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and proclaimed two unrecognized republics as occupied territories.