Russia's defence ministry announced it will increase its peacekeeping presence in the rebel Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in response to what it called aggressive moves by pro-Western Georgia. (Report: S. Silke)
The Russian plan to send extra troops to the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions marked a new escalation in a crisis between the two ex-Soviet neighbours that has alarmed
“We consider this to be an utterly irresponsible step ... We think this step, if they take this step, will utterly destabilise this region,” Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze told reporters after an emergency session of
“We will consider the additional soldiers and arms as illegal and potential aggressors,” he said.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana was expected to discuss the tensions at talks in
Russian officials said Georgian forces had been building up on Abkhazia’s borders, sending aircraft over the conflict zone and harassing Russian peacekeepers. They said
“This turn of events has given rise to the necessity for a forced increase in the Russian armed forces peacekeeping contingent in the conflict zones, within the numbers set out in ... international agreements,” it said in a statement.
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