"The latest aggravation of situation around Russian peacekeepers in Georgia causes us great concern. In addition to the two provocations involving the arrest of the Russian embassy car with our diplomats, there was a mine blowup of our peacekeeper. And the mines came quite recently from the Georgian side. There are many facts that give reason to suspect that preparations are underway in Georgia for an armed action against South Ossetia. And the Georgian parliament's demand that peacekeepers be withdrawn is a link of the same chain. The Georgian side simply cannot accuse them of failure to fulfill their mandate", said S. Lavrov.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, "the Georgian side has been consistently sabotaging the working of mechanisms created for the settlement of the South-Ossetian and Abkhazian conflicts. It has also been sabotaging the agreements it signed previously. It has refused to sign an OSCE-proposed agreement with the South-Ossetian and Abkhazian sides on non-use of force and on security warranties in the conflict zone. It refuses to resume the return of refugees to Abkhazia, though procedures proposed by the UN High Commission for Refugees are well known and have been on the table for a long time".
S. Lavrov emphasized that "thanks to the peacekeepers in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, peace has been preserved and there is no bloodshed".
"In both cases there are mechanisms approved by international organizations. It is the OSCE for South Ossetia, and the UN for Abkhazia. Thus, the resolution passed by the Georgian parliament demanding a withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers is an attempt to aggravate the situation to the maximum", said the Russian Foreign Minister.
"Tuesday we reasserted that we will protect our citizens with all available means. Therefore, I would not recommend anyone attempting on the life and dignity of our citizens, and our peacekeepers", stressed Sergei Lavrov. .