Hundreds of ethnic Georgians confronted Russian peacekeeping forces in the breakaway region of South Ossetia Thursday, throwing paint and gasoline on them and forcing them to stop blocking a road project, officials said.
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Georgiaâ€™s Ministry of Justice has announced it is suing Russia in the European Court of Human Rights for departing Georgian citizens illegally, the UPI reported March 26.
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Georgian authorities on Monday accused forces from the breakaway region in Abkhazia of shelling several Georgian-controlled villages, The Associated Press news agency reports.
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A coffin with purported remains of Georgiaâ€™s president who was overthrown in 1992 and died the following year under mysterious circumstances was unearthed Saturday in the Chechen capital, his son said, the Associated Press reported March 5.
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Georgiaâ€™s Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli met US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and US Trade Representative Ambassador Susan C. Schwab in Washington DC Monday, the Associated Press news agency reports.
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Georgian police said they detained two Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone with breakaway South Ossetia, but commanders of the peacekeeping forces have denied the report.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has offered the Georgian authorities his countryâ€™s assistance in easing tensions in Georgiaâ€™s relations with Russia, the Interfax news agency reports.
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South Ossetia and North Ossetia will eventually unite within Russia’s borders, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity told a Monday press conference in Moscow.
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Vladimir Putin has declined to meet Georgiaâ€™s foreign minister sent to Russia for the first high-level talks with giant neighbor in a bid to mend the two statesâ€™ chilly ties, RIA news agency said on Tuesday.
â€œOn the eve of Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bezhuashviliâ€™s visit to Moscow, the issue of his meeting with the Russian President was in works,â€ a senior Kremlin official told the agency. â€œBut as the Kremlin official stressed, Vladimir Putin rejected the idea of such a meeting,â€ RIA said.
According to the Reuters news agency, Bezhuashvili arrived in Moscow on Tuesday evening. Igor Ivanov, secretary of Russiaâ€™s Security Council, said earlier on Tuesday he would meet Bezhuashvili, as would Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russia cut transport and postal links with Georgia after Tbilisi briefly detained four Russian army officers on spying charges in September.
According to the media reports, some Georgians have been deported from Russia, Georgian businesses have been shut down and police have asked some schools to provide lists of pupils with Georgian-sounding names.
Moscow has been irked by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashviliâ€™s pursuit of NATO and EU membership, while Georgia accuses Russia of backing separatists by giving aid and Russian passports to residents of the breakaway territories.
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Police in the South Ossetia region killed four Georgian â€œsaboteursâ€ on Tuesday, a South Ossetian minister said, raising tension days before Ossetians vote in an independence referendum, the Reuters news agency reported.
South Ossetia threw off Georgian rule in fighting during the early 1990s. A ceasefire was signed but violence has simmered between the two sides, especially since the fiery pro-Western Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili was elected in 2004.
â€œA group of Georgian saboteurs has been eliminated this morning,â€ South Ossetiaâ€™s emergency minister, Boris Chochiev, told Reuters. He did not give any details about who the men were working for or what they were doing.
â€œAccording to preliminary reports there were four of them. All of them have been killed.â€
Georgian authorities said they had no information about any of their police or military being killed.
Last month a helicopter carrying Georgiaâ€™s defence minister was hit by gunfire as it flew over South Ossetia and a shoot out between police killed three South Ossetians and one Georgian.
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