Russia is prepared to use force to protect the citizens of South Ossetia

Russian Defense Ministry is concerned about the recent shelling of Tskhinvali and its suburbs from the Georgian side, and reserves the right to use all available forces and means to protect the citizens of South Ossetia and Russian troops in the territory of the republic, said the management of press and information service of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, distributed on Saturday.

As noted in the Defense Ministry of Russia, over the past few days with the Georgian side were a number of firings of settlements of South Ossetia.

"At the same scenario of developments in August 2008 that led to the unleashing of the Georgian side's military aggression against South Ossetia and attacked the Russian peacekeeping contingent," - notes the report.

"Such actions are in the Defense Russia of grave concern. In case of further provocation, a threat to the population of the republic, a Russian military contingent deployed in the territory of South Ossetia, the Ministry of Defense of Russia reserves the right to use all available forces and means to protect the citizens of the republic of South Ossetia and Russian troops, "- stress in the Russian Defense Ministry.

1 August 2009

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