Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Tuesday warned Georgia that any efforts to strengthen its military would be punished more severely than during the countries’ brief August war.
“We are concerned over the continuing desire of the Georgian administration to develop its military potential,” Serdyukov said through an interpreter after talks with his Turkish counterpart Vecdi Gonul.
“We believe this policy would bring about consequences more serious than those in August,” he said.
Russian forces moved into Georgia on August 8 to repel a Georgian military attempt to retake the rebel region of South Ossetia.
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Under an EU-brokered ceasefire, Russian forces later withdrew to within South Ossetia and another rebel Georgian region, Abkhazia, both of which Moscow has since recognised as independent states.
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