Georgia and South Ossetia

According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, a leading European Commission official has said that Georgia unleashed the conflict in South Ossetia. As of yet, a search of the news database LexisNexis and leading news sites suggests that no western news media are reporting this yet. (Update 3 Oct: still no reports.) Kommersant:

Head of the European Commission Directorate General for External Relations Eneko Landaburu has agreed that Georgia unleashed the conflict in South Ossetia, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the EU Nikolay Kobrinets told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

According to Russia’s official, Mr Landaburu acknowledged that Georgia unleashed the conflict in South Ossetia during the discussion dedicated to relations of Russia and the EU held at Belgium’s representation office at the EU, Brussels, October 1, 2008.

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