MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister says South Ossetia does not want to become part of Russia.
Sergey Lavrov's comments Thursday follow a series of reports of contradictory statements by South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity.
Kokoity was quoted by news agencies as telling a group of foreign policy experts that South Ossetia would join Russia.
But he later retracted those comments in a subsequent interview with Interfax.
Lavrov later said during a visit to Warsaw that "South Ossetia doesn't wish to join up with anyone."
Russia and Georgia fought a short war last month and Russian annexation of Ossetia would infuriate the Georgians.
It would also give the impression that Russia had been seeking to absorb South Ossetia all along.
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