Anvar Azimov, Russia's ambassador to the OSCE, says Georgia is attempting to pressure the separatist republic of South Ossetia by -- get ready for this -- cutting off its natural gas supplies.
"The actions of Tbilisi in shutting down the pipeline can only be called deliberate economic pressure on South Ossetia, and a violation of international humanitarian law," Anvar Azimov told a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, according to Russian media reports.
I mean, you just can't make this stuff up.
The gas supplies run from Russia to South Ossetia via Georgia through the Gori-Tskhinvali pipeline. Tbilisi says they were stopped due to pipeline damage.
-- Brian Whitmore