The last 24 hours have been a model of spin management.
--'President' Eduard Kokoity: "[South Ossetia] will be part of the Russian Federation...It is not going to be an independent country.”
--Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: "South Ossetia is not intending to link up with anybody.”
--'President' Eduard Kokoity: "I have probably been misunderstood...We are not going to relinquish our independence."
Poor Lavrov. Sometimes you really have to feel for the guy. Kokoity's cell phone probably started ringing before he'd even finished his first statement.