Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Poland slams Russian ‘occupation’ of Georgian regions

Georgian soldiers detained by Russian peacekeepers on the Senaki military base in Georgia Aleksandr Chizhenok TASS Georgian soldiers detained by Russian peacekeepers on the Senaki military base in Georgia Aleksandr Chizhenok TASS
Patty Aguilar | 09 August, 2018, 20:46

It is an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace, ' said Medvedev.

"Unfortunately, the Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues in violation of worldwide law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union", the EU statement reads.

He pointed out that the 2008 armed conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia, which also involved Russian Federation, could have been prevented.

The European Union reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.

Meanwhile, foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland - all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members - will pay a visit to Georgia's capital of Tbilisi for official talks.

"We want to call attention to the first military aggression by a neighbouring country against a sovereign state in Europe's post-war history and to the ongoing occupation of its territory", Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz was quoted as saying after a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial to honour President Lech Kaczyński in Tbilisi on Monday.

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Russian-Georgian relations have improved since the war, but the issue of the breakaway regions remains, preventing the full normalization of ties.

In response to Medvedev's opposition, Tengiz Pkhaladze, advisor to the president of Georgia on foreign affairs, said Georgia's integration with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was "important for security and stability of the region".

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance. "Do they understand the possible implications?" I hope the United States and its leadership will eventually see this as well.

"This visit will not only be symbolic, but we will also talk with our colleagues, president and prime minister, Georgia's foreign minister, how we can specifically support them in cooperation with the European Union and NATO", Rinkevics added. We can't help getting anxious when the circle around our country keeps narrowing as more and more countries join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion causes concern in Moscow, as the military capabilities of the Alliance, including nuclear weapons aimed at Russian Federation.

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