The Russian Defense Ministry described the explosion as "a deliberately planned terrorist act," and the Foreign Ministry blamed "certain forces" trying to destabilize the area and undermine the cease-fire, the official RIA Novosti news agency said.
The Georgian government denied the allegation and accused Russia of masterminding the attack to justify a new delay in withdrawing its troops. "If provocations and tensions are in the interest of anyone, it's the Russians," Shota Utiashvili, the Interior Ministry spokesman, told the Reuters news agency. "They are doing everything not to pull troops out within the set term."
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Saturday, October 4, 2008
And the fight against the "occupiers" begins in South Ossetia. Although many greeted the Russians as liberators, some, obviously, are not as happy about their continued presence.