South Ossetia: One Year Anniversary   Leave a comment

ossetian_flag04.August.2009

Russian troops in South Ossetia have been put on increased combat readiness amid rising tensions on the de facto border with Georgia, officials said today.

Andrey Nesterenko, the spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, said the move was meant to prevent more violence.

The situation near South Ossetia has become increasingly tense as the first anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war approaches Friday.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the “lessons of last year’s Georgian crisis” in a telephone conversation late Tuesday, the Kremlin said in a statement. There was no elaboration.

After the war, Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another separatist region in Georgia, as independent nations and permanently deployed thousands of troops there.

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