Asia Crisis

Russia accuses Georgia of plotting ahead of war anniversary

MOSCOW, July 23 (Reuters) - Russia accused Georgia on Thursday of plotting to stage "provocative" incidents on its border with breakaway region South Ossetia on the anniversary of Moscow's war with Georgia.

Itar-Tass quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin as saying that "the Georgian leadership is plotting various events on the border with South Ossetia to coincide with the anniversary of the 2008 events in the Caucasus...they (the events) are of a distinctly provocative nature".

Next month will see the first anniversary of Georgia and Russia's brief war last August, sparked by a Georgian assault on the rebel region. (Writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman; editing by Michael Stott)