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Russia blamed for Georgia shooting
Warsaw, Nov 24 (AFP):
Published on 26 Nov. 2008 12:00 AM IST
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Polish President Lech Kaczynski today blamed Russia for firing on a convoy carrying him and his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili, despite Moscow’s denials. “There is reason to believe that the Russians did the shooting,” Kaczynski told reporters after returning from his visit to Georgia. “I knew in advance that there was a Russian post there, one which shouldn’t have been there” under the terms of August’s ceasefire between Moscow and Tbilisi, Kaczynski said. “I wanted to check on site, and three or four Kalashnikov volleys were fired off--though I’m not saying they were fired in my direction,” he said. “The Russians, of course, are talking about a set-up by the Georgians,” he added. Moscow and Tbilisi have traded accusations over the incident near the convoy carrying Saakashvili and his staunch ally Kaczynski Sunday, as Georgia marked the fifth anniversary of its pro-Western “Rose Revolution”. Georgia accused Russian troops near the breakaway region of South Ossetia of opening fire as the convoy carrying the two leaders drove by--claim Russia denied. NATO and the European Union voiced concern Monday, while stopping short of accusing Russia over the incident.

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