Putin: No Annexation of Georgian Territories

October 25, 2006

Russian President Vladimir Putin conducted a televised Q&A session today answering some of the pressing concerns of the country.

Talking of one of the hottest topics of late, President Putin said that Russia will not annex the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Putin stressed that the recent comments he’s made about Georgia have to do with concern over potential bloodshed in the region.

At the same time, Putin did not rule out potential use of force: “There are certain contradictions: on the one hand, Russia supports the territorial integrity of Georgia and other countries. However, a nation has a right to self-determination. Therefore, we should take into account these contradictions and, of course, we will thoroughly consider international precedents, including that of Kosovo.”

The Georgian territories have been pushing for independence and some sort of association with Russia.

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