Media Advisory - Russian spokespersons available to Canadian Media

    TORONTO, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - In the wake of the recent egregious attacks on
lawful Russian peacekeepers and the civilian population in South Ossetia, and
misinformation about these attacks from Georgian officials, officials from the
Russian Embassy in Ottawa are available for interviews with Canadian media.

    To arrange an interview with an Embassy official, please contact:
    Alexander Repkin
    Embassy of the Russian Federation
    Cell (613)286-1551
    Work (613)594-8570


    Geoffrey Rowan
    Ketchum Public Relations Canada
    Cell 416-804-9365
    Office 416-355-7405

    Russia has maintained a presence on Georgian territory on a lawful basis,
carrying out its peacekeeping mission in accordance with the agreements
concluded. Russia has historically been a guarantor for the security of the
peoples of the Caucasus, and this remains true today.
    The attacks by Georgian forces on Russian peacekeepers and the civilian
population of South Ossetia is a gross violation of international law and of
the mandates that the international community gave Russia as a partner in the
peace process.
    In accordance with the Constitution and the federal laws of the Russian
Federation, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said: "As President of the
Russian Federation it is my duty to protect the lives and dignity of Russian
citizens wherever they may be. It is these circumstances that dictate the
steps we will take now. We will not allow the deaths of our fellow citizens to
go unpunished. The perpetrators will receive the punishment they deserve."

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview with an Embassy
official, please contact: Alexander Repkin, Embassy of the Russian Federation,
Cell (613) 286-1551, Work (613) 594-8570 Or Geoffrey Rowan, Ketchum Public
Relations Canada, Cell (416) 804-9365, Office (416) 355-7405

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