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Compiled by Inna Egieva
Thursday, February 12
Glukhov has not met his mother

Sakartvelo Respublika writes that the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs has denied information broadcast in the Russian media that a meeting took place between Sergeant Alexander Glukhov and his mother Galina Glukhova.

The head of the Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Shota Khizanishvili, stated “I know for a fact that these two people didn’t have any meeting.” The Russian media had made this statement on the basis of information received from a source in the 58th Army, which Glukhov was a member of before defecting to Georgia recently.

Russia is ready to withdraw Army, given guarantee of safety from NATO

Rezonansi reports that Russia will leave South Ossetia and Abkhazia only if it receives an inviolable guarantee of safety. This guarantee must be obtained by South Ossetia, Abkhazia and even Russia, whose Army defended them in August, said Dmitri Rogozin, Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO on Tuesday.

“To my mind this statement is the answer to the statement made by Scheffer, the NATO General Secretary. The most interesting element of it is that Russia isn’t even thinking about leaving, it is just talking about thinking about it one day. NATO can’t give such a guarantee to anyone and will give Russia a diplomatic answer – Georgia is not a member of NATO, so we can’t make any promises on its behalf,” Ramaz Klimiashvili, a political analyst, has stated.

“I think that when we are talking about non-recognized territories, it must be concretized what guarantees we are talking about, long-term or short-term,” expert Gia Khukhashvili added.

Tbilisi doubts that many captives were killed

Rezonansi reports that the meeting between the head of Free Opinion House Mamuka Areshidze and the members of the Russian Social Chamber concerning Georgian soldiers held captive in Russia hasn’t produced any result. As Areshidze stated the Russian side can’t make any definite statement on this issue because they don’t have enough information about missing persons.

The head of the Parliamentary Defence and Security Committee Givi Targamadze has said that three injured Georgian soldiers who were in Vladikavkaz were killed after recovering. Areshidze says however, “I agree with the Human Rights Watch conclusion that at least two men were killed. However I think many more people have also been killed, but someone in the power structure doesn’t want this to be known,” Areshidze stated.

Areshidze said that the Russian Social Chamber and institutions with significant relevant experience will join the search for the burial ground of the Georgian captives.