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Is Russian South Ossetia Policy Changing?


    On 11 April Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made an interesting speech on South Ossetia in Russia’s RTV television. He stated that there was no intent from official Moscow to recognize the independence of South Ossetia in August 2008, but because of “revenge statements” of Georgian president Mikheil Saakshvili, Russian authorities did not have any other option to ensure the safety of the habitants of the region. Lavrov emphasized that he does not believe that in the near future  there will be any Georgian or Russian politician to say we should go to what it was in August 2008.


        Lavrov's recent statement regarding the independence of South Ossetia can be considered as a  sign of softening of official Moscow’s position over the last 5 years. Thus, Russian diplomat firstly wants to find an excuse for himself and obliterate his negative reputation in front of Georgian nation by putting all the responsibility for what is happening in the region on Saakahvili. On the other hand with his speech Lavrov lets the prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, the political élite of Georgia and Georgian nation know that official Moscow will not change its position on South Ossetia and Abkhazia until Saakashvili will be sent out from the political sphere.