Putin accuses Georgia of genocide

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin arrived in the capital of North Ossetia, Vladikavkaz, and called Georgia’s acts in South Ossetia a species of “genocide”. He said Georgia’s actions “lie beyond the framework of understanding of military actions,” Press TV reported.

Putin accused Georgia of seeking “bloody adventures” and trying to drag other countries into the conflict, BBC News reported. “Georgia’s aspiration to join NATO is driven by its attempt to drag other nations and peoples into its bloody adventures,” he said.

“The actions of the Georgian leadership in South Ossetia are a crime against their own people because a deadly blow has been delivered to the territorial integrity of Georgia,” Putin said. “It’s hard to imagine after all that had happened and after all that is still happening they will be able to convince South Ossetia to be part of Georgia,” he added.

“In my opinion they are already elements of genocide of the Ossetian people. I think it would be correct if you instruct the military prosecutor to document all such incidents,” Putin said. President Dmitry Medvedev immediately vowed to bring criminal charges against those responsible.

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  1. Russia plans to ask the International Criminal Court in The Hague and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to investigate possible war crimes commited by Georgian forces in South Ossetia.

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin pointed out that Georgian forces killed many Russian peacekeepers. He characterised the actions of the Georgian side as “war crimes”.

    Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, proposed the establishment of an international tribunal on South Ossetia. He said those guilty of mass killings in the zone of conflict must be brought to justice.

    http://lenta.ru/news/2008/08/09/haague/
    http://lenta.ru/news/2008/08/10/tribunal/

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