South Ossetia: EU support of Georgian claims may trigger new conflict

Comments by EU's top diplomat Catherine Ashton which has backed Georgia's territorial claims to South Ossetia, may incite Georgia into new acts of aggression, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia said on Saturday, RIA Novosti reports.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was visiting the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia earlier this week without the permission of the Georgian authorities. The European Union on Thursday condemned the visit.

"The European Union notes with concern that Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, has paid a visit to the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia without prior consent of the Georgian authorities," Ashton said.

"Signs of support from the West, like Mrs. Ashton ones, which are addressed to the 'fighters for Georgia's territorial integrity' in fact incite them into a new conflict," the South Ossetia's comment said.
"The time is ripe for the West to draw lessons from the realities, which arose more than twenty years ago, and stop deceiving themselves," the document said.

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