Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied claims by South Ossetian president Eduard Kokoity (photo) that the separatist Georgian region was to join the Russian Federation.
"Yes, we will be part of the
"Now we are an independent state and we look forward to uniting with
Kokoity was reiterating his longstanding position following
Asked about Kokoity's remarks at a news conference in Poland later on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters: "I don't know where you get this information from. I never heard that South Ossetia wants to join
Russian troops crushed an attempt by
South Ossetia borders
Date created : 2008-09-11