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Georgian leadership threat to regional peace - Lavrov

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, December 24 (RIA Novosti) - The Georgian leadership is a threat to peace and security in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

"The current Georgian leadership presents a threat to regional peace and security, a threat that once grew into a war against South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers, against the Russian Federation," Lavrov said.

"That's why we are doing everything possible to prevent similar things from happening again, and hope those who continue restoring the Georgian armed forces are aware of what they are doing and that they will keep Georgia from continuing new reckless acts," he said after talks with his Abkhaz counterpart Sergei Shamba.

He added that "after relevant treaties between Russia and Abkhazia and South Ossetia were concluded, the security of the new independent states is reliably protected against any attack."

Russia recognized the former Georgian republics in August 2008 after repelling Georgia's assault on South Ossetia in a five-day war. Only Nicaragua, Venezuela and the tiny Pacific island state of Nauru have followed suit.

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