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Russia Intends To ‘Absorb’ South Ossetia

From an elated Associated Press:

A South Ossetian woman walks near destroyed buildings in Tskhinvali. ...

A South Ossetian woman walks near destroyed buildings in Tskhinvali.

South Ossetia says Russia intends to absorb region

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press Writer

TSKHINVALI, Georgia – Russia intends to eventually absorb Georgia’s breakaway province of South Ossetia, a South Ossetian official said Friday, three days after Moscow recognized the region as independent and drew criticism from the West.

Georgia, meanwhile, said it would recall all diplomatic staff from its embassy in Moscow on Saturday because of the Russian military presence in Georgia. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nestrenko criticized the move, saying it “will not benefit our bilateral relations,” Russian news agencies reported.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the region’s leader, Eduard Kokoity, discussed the future of South Ossetia earlier this week in Moscow, South Ossetian parliamentary speaker Znaur Gassiyev said.

Russia will absorb South Ossetia “in several years” or earlier, a position was “firmly stated by both leaders,” Gassiyev said

Meanwhile, Russia and South Ossetia plan to sign an agreement on the placement of Russian military bases in South Ossetia, the province’s deputy parliamentary speaker Tarzan Kokoiti said. How many bases that involves will become clear on Sept. 2, when the document is set to be signed, he said.

He said South Ossetians have the right to reunite with North Ossetia, which is part of Russia.

“Soon there will be no North or South Ossetia — there will be a united Alania as part of Russia,” Kokoiti said, using another name for Ossetia.

We will live in one united Russian state,” he said…

The Sudetenland has always been German.

And, gosh isn’t that John McCain sneaky?

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