Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov does not have information about the murder that occurred on the border between Georgia and South Ossetia. Earlier, Georgian authorities announced that a Georgian citizen was shot dead during detention by Russian troops.
“I have no information on this matter,” Mr. Peskov said during a conference call when asked by journalists to comment on what happened.
The incident occurred in the village of Kirbali near the demarcation line between Georgia and South Ossetia. According to the State Security Service, another Georgian citizen was detained. Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili expressed outrage at what happened and called on the international community to “unequivocally condemn the actions of Russia, which grossly and shamelessly violated all international norms.”
After the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008, several Russian military bases are located on the territory of South Ossetia (a partially recognized state, Russia recognized its independence). Before this, Russian peacekeepers had been stationed in South Ossetia since 1992.