Russia slams Clinton for 'groundless' comments on Georgia

7th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Wednesday slammed as groundless comments by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton describing its presence in Georgian breakaway regions as an occupation, a foreign ministry statement said.

"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of the term 'occupation' is groundless in this context," it said in a statement.

On her visit to Georgia Monday, Clinton called on Russia to end its "occupation" of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Moscow has recognized as independent following the 2008 war with Georgia.

Washington and Moscow have pledged not to let differences over Georgia hamper a reset in their relations launched by US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

But the foreign ministry statement was one of Moscow's sharpest rebukes of Washington since the US-Russia spy scandal erupted last month.

© 2010 AFP

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