New Delhi, Aug.8 : The Russian Federation on Friday accused Georgia of backtracking on an agreement that was aimed at restoring peace in South Ossetia.
A Russian Foreign Ministry statement claimed that Georgian military units undertook "a treacherous, massive attack on Tskhinvali" hours after the leaderships of the two countries had arrived at an understanding to end the "conflict in South Ossetia".
The statement further went on to question the credibility of the Georgian leadership, which it said was a "responsible participant of the negotiation process and of the international intercourse corresponding to the principles of the United Nations Charter".
"It has become absolutely understandable why during a long period Tbilisi had under various pretexts stubbornly avoided concluding legally binding agreements with South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the non-use of force," the statement issued from Moscow added.
Stating it is still not too late to prevent massive bloodshed and new casualties, the Russian Foreign Ministry said: "The Georgian leadership should think better of it and return to civilized methods of solving the complicated issues of political settlement. We also expect that our foreign partners and the international community as a whole will not remain indifferent at this difficult moment when the destinies of the hundreds of thousands of people living in this region are being decided."
The Russian Federation said that it would continue with its efforts to prevent further bloodshed in South Ossetia.