By Natalia Antelava
Authorities in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia claim Georgian troops have shelled its villages.
Eduard Kokoity says he was offered bribes to buy his loyalty
The Georgian government denies the allegation, which was made in Moscow by South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity.
Mr Kokoity was in Russia to gather support for the self-proclaimed republic and to criticise the Tbilisi government for trying to bribe him.
He says he was offered $20m (£11m) and a post as vice president of the country in exchange for his loyalty.
Instead, Mr Kokoity flew to Moscow to lobby for Russia's support in the growing conflict.
Many analysts allege that Moscow is already helping.
Members of the Russian parliament are openly critical of Georgia's claim to South Ossetia and some Russian peacekeepers who operate in the region have told the BBC that they are ready to rip off their peacekeeping badges and fight the Georgians should the tense standoff turn violent.
South Ossetia broke away from Georgia after a bloody war at the beginning of the 1990s.
The province wants to unite with Russia, but Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili has vowed to bring it back into the fold.
The real conflict, according to Mr Saakashvili, is between Russia and Georgia.
Both have been building up their military presence in the region. Locals say that every night villages across South Ossetia come under fire, each side blaming the other for the shelling.
The conflict, analysts believe, could be resolved peacefully but only if Russia stays away from it.
Tbilisi is watching Mr Kokoity's visit to Moscow closely. Many here feel that it is now up to Russia to decide what turn the standoff could take.