The FINANCIAL — According to Civil Georgia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Tbilisi’s allegations about Russia’s participation in opening fire at the motorcade carrying Georgian and Polish Presidents was “another provocation” staged by the Georgian side.
“This is a real provocation. This is not for the first time when such things are happening: they stage everything themselves and then accuse the Russian or Ossetian sides,” Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying on November 24.
Shots were fired when a motorcade carrying Georgian and Polish Presidents approached a Russian checkpoint at the Akhalgori section of the South Ossetian administrative border, the Georgian television stations reported on Sunday evening. The Georgian officials said that the two presidents turned in direction of Akhalgori, while they were traveling from Tbilisi to the village of Metekhi in the Kaspi district to visit a settlement of those persons who have been displaced from South Ossetia.
The Russian Foreign Minister also said that if President Saakashvili seriously wanted to carry out security talks in Geneva, “he should stop his provocations.”
“Moscow thinks that it is a provocation, when the President invites to Tbilisi the President of another country and then takes him to another state,” Lavrov added.