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Latvia to donate $700,000 for Georgia reconstruction

Posted by Kris Roman on October 21, 2008

Latvia is to give Georgia $700,000 to aid reconstruction efforts in the wake of its recent war with Russia, the Latvian foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Maris Riekstins said the money would be provided from Latvia’s state budget in 2010 and 2011.

Russia launched a five-day military operation to “force Georgia to accept peace” after Georgian troops attacked breakaway South Ossetia on August 8, killing a number of Russian peacekeepers and hundreds of civilians.

Russia’s response to the Georgian attack was labeled disproportionate by a number of Western powers. On August 26, Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.

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