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According to the results of Georgia's attack on South Ossetia Russia completely revised approach to negotiations to resolve the conflict. From Moscow does not reject dialogue, but under two conditions. This removal of the Georgian military, including "disgraced the title of peacekeepers," from the conflict zone. As well as exclusion from the process of Mikhail Saakashvili, in which cries military tribunal. "He killed our citizens, gave the order to put pressure tanks women and children" - cut off the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

In words, Moscow generally endorsed the proposals of the EU and the OSCE plan for a ceasefire in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, except for a few "buts».
About these "buts" and was discussed at a meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the OSCE Chairman, Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, urgently arrived in Moscow.
Last visited on the eve of Georgia and North Ossetia, where he had the opportunity to personally assess the scale of the disaster. However, before the meeting with Lavrov Stubb decided to express "cautious optimism».
"Two days ago, I was pessimistic. Yesterday I was able to express extremely cautious optimism, but today I just can not express cautious optimism ", - he said.
Actually, the reasons for pessimism Finnish minister are not well understood: the last few days Moscow tirelessly stated the need to return the situation to a peaceful course. Only now have to force Georgia to peace force.
"The only way out - to provide such a state of affairs that Georgian troops have left, that they were not in South Ossetia and sign a legally binding agreement on the nonuse of force. That there are no opportunities to repeat what was the offense by the Georgian leadership, "- said the Russian minister.
This desire of Russia and the EU as a whole match, but in Moscow, believes that the West looks at the situation in the breakaway republic is not entirely objective, there remain a number of claims. And resist the next reproach Lavrov could not.
"The American partners assured us they would not allow the use of trained Georgian army in the conflicts in the Caucasus. For many years we have tried to achieve the signing of documents on the nonuse of force between Tbilisi and Tskhinvali, Tbilisi and Sukhumi, but Tbilisi has consistently evaded this signing. Western partners did nothing to convince Georgia to sign such an agreement, "- he said.
And now the situation with the signing of an agreement on non-use of force is not well understood. As recalled by Lavrov, the term "ceasefire" implies at least two partners: how should the words Stubb, the document still does not exist.
"At the moment we have only the signature of President Mikheil Saakashvili's intention to cease hostilities. However, a general document that would oblige all parties to the conflict to cease fire, we do not have "- he admitted.
Lavrov, for his part, has put forward several conditions, without observing that, according to Russia, for peace in the Caucasus can not dream. In particular, Moscow is now considered unacceptable presence of Georgian peacekeepers in the conflict zone.
"Georgian, so to speak, peacekeepers in South Ossetia can not be more, they have disgraced the title of peacekeepers. They have committed a crime, shooting his comrades with whom they served in a peacekeeping force. How can you even discuss it with someone like you can even include the possibility that the Georgian military in any capacity may be again in South Ossetia? "- Lavrov was boiling.
At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister stressed that Moscow under any circumstances will not withdraw from the conflict zone and its peacekeepers will not cover yourself with shame, as once the Netherlands.
"Our peacekeepers will not allow a repetition in South Ossetia of what happened in Srebrenica, when the peacekeepers from the Netherlands failed to prevent genocide. And so far, we know that the leadership of Holland is experiencing is very hard. We are in such a position will not find ourselves, and our peacekeepers in such a situation will never be "- quoted Lavrov ITAR-TASS.
In addition, Russia intends to completely rethink their approach to the negotiation process, from which henceforth should be avoided higher Georgian leadership. "I do not think that Russia will not only mood to negotiate, but to speak with Mr. Saakashvili. The fact that their barbaric actions in South Ossetia he has undermined the consistency of the Georgian state, once again proved to the Ossetian and Abkhazian people that they will not be safe with Georgia - is an absolute fact, "- said Lavrov.
When this statement was made out of the mouth "Dr. Rice, who considered it possible to immediately ring up their European counterparts, saying that we decided to overthrow Saakashvili," the minister praised as irresponsible.
"It kills our citizens, civilians, giving orders to crush tanks women and children, burning in the barn relegated by the girls, and all that he does, not only against the background of European flags, but also declares that he is defending American values. It would be best if he left. But Russia has no plans to overthrow anyone, this is not in our political culture, "- Lavrov snapped.
Foreign Minister confirmed that Russia intends to initiate an international investigation into the genocide of the people of South Ossetia and will seek the judgment of those who gave the order to destroy the people.
"The international community, of course, must, I think, to assess the situation, look at it with new eyes. Those facts which gave us all a reckless action of Mikhail Saakashvili against the people of South Ossetia, forced to show maximum responsibility, "- said Lavrov.

Photo: Reuters
Text: Julia Malyshev

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