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May 12, 2007
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Eduard Kokoity Makes Siege Mistake
// South Ossetian president’s actions alarmed even Moscow
South Ossetia’s security structures completely blocked on Friday the traffic in the zone of the Georgia-Ossetia conflict. They shut off the Trans-Caucasian main road and the roads leading to Georgian villages. Tskhinvali’s actions boosted the escalation of tension in the region, and received Russia’s disapproval. Moscow, never before hiding its liking towards the unrecognized republic, this time demanded that South Ossetia implement agreements on the conflict’s peaceful settlement.
South Ossetia’s security forces carried out President Eduard Kokoity’s order at 9 a.m. on Friday: they blocked traffic in the zone of the Georgia-Ossetia conflict.

Mass blockade of Georgian villages is, in fact, Kokoity’s response to the increased Georgian presence on Ossetian territory. Kokoity said on Friday the blockade will last until Georgian special-task troops and South Ossetia’s interim government headed by “alternative president Dmitri Sanakoev” leave the unrecognized republic.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs refrained from commenting the confrontation on Friday, but suddenly remembered that military observers discovered a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft machine-gun and a Strela-2M portable air-defense system on Tskhinvali-controlled territory back on Monday. Moscow said that having prohibited air-defense weapons in the conflict zone is South Ossetia’s serious violation of the intergovernmental agreements.

Apparently, Moscow does not welcome Kokoity’s recent actions. Russia does not need now another cause for a showdown with the West, especially due to the upcoming visit of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Russia. Georgia calls South Ossetian authorities “Moscow’s puppets”, and Washington keeps a watchful eye on the situation in South Ossetia.

Meanwhile, Tskhinvali hopes that Russia’s displeasure will soon be over. “It is a diplomatic beck,” assured South Ossetia’s Information Committee head Irina Gagloeva. “South Ossetia does not feel guilty of anything.”

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