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Moscow sees instability on Russia-Georgia border - Kremlin source

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Moscow is concerned over the emerging instability in Georgia, as protesters continue to demonstrate in the capital Tbilisi, and believes the Georgian people deserve better.
MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow is concerned over the emerging instability in Georgia, as protesters continue to demonstrate in the capital Tbilisi, and believes the Georgian people deserve better.

"We are really concerned by the emerging events and instability in the vicinity of our borders," a Kremlin source said on Wednesday.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Moscow would react appropriately to the expulsions of three Russian diplomats from Georgia. The Russian embassy officials were declared "personae non gratae," by the Georgian Foreign Ministry Wednesday, a Georgian diplomatic source said.

"Moscow regards the latest idiocy by Georgian authorities as political irresponsible provocation. An appropriate response will be made, and Russia will remain true to its commitments regarding assisting in the settlement of the Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-Ossetian conflicts and the protection of Russian nationals living there," the Russian Foreign Ministry statement said.

The ministry said, "The most important thing is that assessments by certain public figures in Tbilisi for using force to settle conflicts do not materialize."

Russia's Foreign Ministry has urged all those who have any influence on Tbilisi to caution the Georgian leadership against taking "destructive steps."

Referring to the Georgian president's accusations that Russia's special services were behind recent events in Tbilisi, the ministry said such steps were fraught with unpredictable consequences. Saakashvili's comments were made earlier on Wednesday during an address to the nation on Georgian TV.

Opposition supporters have been demonstrating in Tbilisi for the past six days, demanding President Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation and early elections. Riot police used water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters.

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