Ivanov: Russia will act if Georgia starts war in S Ossetia

MOSCOW, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) — Russia will respond if Georgia starts military actions in Abkhazia or South Ossetia that could endanger Russian citizens, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Sunday.”Russia doesn’t need this war. We cannot and don’t want to fight with the friendly Georgian people,” Ivanov said on the “News of the Week” program broadcast by a Russian TV channel over the Russian Far East.

But “Abkhazia and South Ossetia are a different matter,” Ivanov said. “There are our peacekeepers there, and there are a lot of Russian citizens there as well as in Georgia. There is an overwhelming majority of them in Abkhazia and South Ossetia — up to 90 percent.”

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Georgia alleges Ethnic Cleansing

THE tiny former Soviet republic of Georgia accused Russia of ethnic cleansing yesterday after the Kremlin cut trade, transport and postal links and began to investigate children with Georgian names in Moscow schools.

The clampdown came in retaliation for the arrests of four Russian officers in Georgia on spy charges.

“We are not scared. We are not panicking,” said Mikhail Saakashvili, Georgia’s pro-western president, even though his country faces possible ruin as a result of Russian sanctions.

Saakashvili, speaking in his Soviet-era office, said: “It’s a deliberate policy to make our lives miserable but this is not breaking us. On the contrary it’s making us stronger and more independent. The Kremlin is running out of ammunition.”

This conflict is getting very little news coverage here in the US, and is being overshadowed by the potential North Korean Nuke tests, and  Foleygate.. 

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