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Russian general says bases guarantee stability in Caucasus

by | Jul 17, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – A Russian general says there won’t be another war with Georgia, thanks to military bases stationed in the two breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“There will not take place a recurrence of conflict in the Caucasus,” said Vladimir Chirkin, Russian Colonel-General.

According to Chirkin, the fourth and seventh Russian military bases in Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia today are almost 100%staffed, and stand firmly on their feet and ‘are a guarantor of stability in these regions.’

The Georgian Foreign Affairs Ministry today released a statement saying Chirkin violated Georgia’s state border by going from Russia to the Tskhinvali region and Abkhazia to visit Russia’s so-called bases of military forces and held meetings with representatives of the occupation regime.

“Russia is continuing its intense militarization of Georgia’s occupied regions and is rearming the occupying forces with modern military equipment – notably by deploying offensive missile systems and by training paramilitary groups,” the statement says.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry pointed out that Russia is preparing a military exercise inside the occupied territories, called Kavkaz 2012.

“By holding and encouraging such exercises, Russia poses a direct military threat to peace and stability in Georgia and the Black Sea region as a whole,” the statement says.



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