Russian troops on high alert


Richard Moore

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Russia Warned of Georgia¹s Planned Offensive in Breakaway South Ossetia Region ‹

Created: 13.07.2006 10:01 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 10:01 MSK


Russia¹s Federal Security Service (FSB) has received a tip about a possible 
imminent Georgian offensive in the breakaway province of South Ossetia, to 
coincide with the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 15-17, the 
Interfax news agency reported July 12.

An unidentified caller told the FSB July 12 that ³Georgian authorities² were 
planning to kill Georgians and frame Russian peacekeepers in the area for their 

Separately, Interfax cited an unnamed source July 12 as saying that Georgia is 
preparing a July 15 attack to reclaim its sovereignty over South Ossetia.

Russian joint peacekeeping force commander Maj. Gen. Marat Kulakhmetov said July
12 that his troops have been placed on high alert.

Georgia denied the allegations.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili earlier accused Russia of trying to annex
Georgian territory through the continued deployment of its peacekeepers in two 
breakaway regions. Saakashvili said on July 11 that the Georgian parliament 
should soon rule on the presence of the peacekeepers in the conflict zone.

At the same time, Saakashvili said that Tbilisi did not plan any military 
operations in the restive region.

Russia and Georgia have been at odds for years over the troops in the separatist
regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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