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Russia warns of force if more Georgia 'provocations’

world Updated: Aug 01, 2009 18:25 IST

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Russia reserves the right to use force if Georgia continues “provocations” in the Caucasus, the Russian defence ministry said on Saturday, one week ahead of the anniversary of their 2008 war.

The defence ministry accused Georgia of firing several times with mortars and grenades over the last four days on the capital of its rebel South Ossetia region which is recognised as independent by Russia.

“Such actions seriously worry the Russian defence ministry,” the ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

“If such provocations posing a threat to the population of South Ossetia and the Russian military continue, the defence ministry reserves the right to use all the forces and means at its disposal.”