Germany Condemns Russian Deal With South Ossetia as Threat to Georgia

The German government on Friday condemned Russia's new treaty with Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region, saying it posed a threat to Georgian sovereignty and would reinforce Tbilisi's fears that Moscow was intent on annexing the territory. German government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz said: "With this treaty Russia is once again casting doubt on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. Moscow is thus impeding ongoing efforts for a peaceful end to the conflict with Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the framework of the Geneva talks." She added that the treaty reinforced Georgia's fears of "creeping annexation".