Russian delegation to PACE ready to cooperate with Georgia over humanitarian issues
Deputy Head of the Russian delegation to PACE Leonid Slutsky hopes they will be able to launch a dialogue on humanitarian issues with his Georgian colleagues in PACE.
On Wednesday, PACE is discussing the report of Swedish parliamentarian Tina Aketoft on the humanitarian consequences of the military conflict in South Ossetia in 2008.
Following presentation of the report, parliamentarians began a debate. European parliamentarians will then vote on the final resolution. Speaking of the report during the debate, Slutsky also stated that the Russian delegation is not ready to cooperate on political issues.
Commenting on Aketoft's document, Slutsky said that the delegation of the Russian Federation will not support it.
He explained that "there is a large bias in favour of Georgian refugees" in the document. Slutsky added that the document does not mention refugees in South Ossetia.
Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia in Georgia on August 8, 2008. Later Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia late in August. Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow in response and has announced the two unrecognised republics to be occupied territories.