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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Will Not Allow Bloodshed in Abkhazia

President Vladimir Putin voiced concern Wednesday that Georgia would attack Abkhazia or South Ossetia.

If Tbilisi does so, he warned, Russia will take action. "We must prevent it," the president said.

Putin's comments came during a live question-and-answer session broadcast on state-run television.

Putin also dismissed accusations that Georgian nationals in Russia were being targeted for deportation, saying more people from two other, unidentified countries have been deported.

The deportations have been viewed as part of a wider attack on Georgian interests in the wake of an espionage spat ignited last month.

Pressure on Georgian-owned businesses seemed to ebb this week, as two casinos and one restaurant that had been shut down were reopened.

Georgia's Foreign Ministry issued a complaint late Tuesday to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights over Russia's actions.

High commissioner Louise Arbour had been in contact with Russian and Georgian officials, UN spokesman Jose Luis Diaz said by e-mail Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to meet with his Georgian counterpart, Gela Bezhuashvili, next week for the first meeting between senior officials since the spy scandal erupted.

Abkhazian separatist forces opened heavy-weapons fire on neighboring Georgian-controlled territory Wednesday while Georgia's interior minister was in the vicinity, the Interior Ministry said, The Associated Press reported.