MOSCOW, September 29 (RIA Novosti)
- Medvedev Pledges Full Support to South Ossetia
- Georgia Slams South Ossetia Elections
- EU, U.S. Refuse to Recognize Elections in South Ossetia
- Russia to Trade Duty Free with Abkhazia, South Ossetia
A South Ossetian border checkpoint was fired upon Saturday, after which local security forces arrested a Georgian Interior Ministry official, according to local media reports, citing the South Ossetian KGB.
The incident occurred around 3:40 a.m. in the Dzausky region of South Ossetia, a self-proclaimed independent breakaway Georgian republic on the Russian border.
“As a result of the actions taken on the territory of South Ossetia, not far from the state border, Georgian Interior Ministry official Mogol Tomiashvili, a resident of the Ksuis village, was arrested,” the South Ossetian news agency RES quoted the KGB as saying.
South Ossetian forces did not return fire.
A rifle and a grenade launcher was reportedly seized from Tomiasvhili.
Russia fought a war with Georgia in 2008 over South Ossetia, and the territory remains at the heart of tensions in the Russian-Georgian relationship.
Six United Nations member states recognize Abkhazia and five recognize South Ossetia. The United States, European Union, and a majority of UN member states have affirmed Georgia’s territorial integrity and do not recognize the regions’ independence.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
During the 11th Annual Meeting to be held in Sochi from October 22 to 24, experts of the Valdai International Discussion Club will focus on whether the global community will develop ground rules for the world politics or whether it will be a game without any rules where everyone fend for themselves.