Answer of Dmitriy Medoev, South Ossetia Foreign Minister, to the question of South Ossetia Today International Information Agency

Вопрос: August 18 saw Ian Kelly, the US Ambassador to Georgia, visiting Ergneti, a Georgian village adjacent to the border with the Republic of South Ossetia, where he claimed that “occupation will not last, that barbed wire will not stand”. How can you comment on that?

Ответ: The statements of the US Ambassador made about the state border of the Republic of South Ossetia looks like the last desperate attempt of Georgian mentors to bring hope for restoration of the mythical territorial integrity of Georgia. However, that traditional performance resembled all previous prearranged actions, organized near the state border, but with one difference – this time services of the elderly grandfather were not necessary for the organizers.

We would like to remind to the Ambassador, that the state border, which he has seen by his own eyes, is absolutely real, and it was established as a result of Georgian aggression against South Ossetia. The existing reality, which neither Georgian authorities, nor their Western mentors would like to recognize, is that after Georgia was forced to peace in August 2008, the political map of Transcaucasia was changed, and the Republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia appeared on it. Affirmations that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are allegedly occupied by the Russian Federation are groundless.

And once again for Mr.Kelly specially. Nine years of peaceful life in the region should have proved that nothing threatens the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. And precisely in these borders, without South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia became a recognized member of the UN.

It is alarming that similar statements against the background of increasing cooperation between Georgia and NATO are not harmless at all and are the feeding material for the revanchist moods inherent in Tbilisi dreamers’ policy.