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Georgia will never accept the occupation
Moscow and Washington made statements in connection with the 11th anniversary of the August war
Georgia will never accept the violation of its territorial integrity and infringement of its sovereignty. This is how Tbilisi reacted for the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the 11th anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war, in which the Russian Federation calls on Georgia to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani noted that with the exception of Russia and four “failed states”, all countries of the world recognize Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region as integral parts of Georgia.
“The international community will never consider the violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia acceptable … We have international law on our side, and this is what strengthens our positions in all international formats,” the head of the Georgian Foreign Ministry said and called on Russia, like other world states, to respect the international borders of Georgia.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Georgia’s western partners of activities directed against stability in the region. “It is regrettable that neither Georgia nor the West were able to learn from the tragic events of 2008. Instead of making efforts aimed at overcoming the burden of the past, promoting the establishment of good-neighborly relations between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, official Tbilisi and its actively supporting Western capitals continue to whip up anti-Russian hysteria, pump the region with armaments and unceremoniously drawing Georgia into NATO. … All this is a dead-end path, which in no way brings the region closer to peace, stability and security, “the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement..
At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry claims that Tskhinvali is “a generally recognized party to the conflict” and that the war in August 2008 was “absolutely unprovoked.”.
It is noteworthy that according to the Georgian version, the war began after on August 7, 2008, more than a hundred units of Russian armored vehicles and 1,500 military personnel who did not have the status of peacekeepers crossed the Georgian border and headed to the Tskhinvali region. Tbilisi also points out that prior to that, for several months from the side of Tskhinvali, there were periodically intensive shelling of Georgian villages..
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement also calls on Tbilisi to sign an agreement on the non-use of force. Moscow again insists that Georgia and Russia’s western partners recognize the independence of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region it occupied.
State Department statement
In turn, the US State Department once again called on Russia to withdraw recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region and withdraw troops from Georgia.
“Russia constantly violates the right of the Georgian people to peace and property, the invasion of Russia and the occupation of 20% of Georgian territories is a violation of the principles of the UN Charter, the Helsinki Act, fundamental principles and norms of international law … We will continue our work until Russia ends the occupation sovereign Georgian territories. We support the right of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons and refugees to return safely and with dignity to their homes. Finally, we support the people of Georgia and welcome the day when we can celebrate the end of Russia’s occupation of its territory, ”said Morgan Ortagus, head of the press service of the US Department of State, at an August 8 briefing..
As Voice of America has already reported, on August 8, after closed consultations within the UN Security Council, the ambassadors of Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, Great Britain and the United States issued a joint statement on the anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war, in which they expressed support for independence, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Georgia and called on the Russian Federation to fulfill its obligations. In particular, Russia was called upon to return its troops to pre-war positions, to provide access for humanitarian missions to the occupied regions and to end human rights violations in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region..
Recall that as a result of the Russian-Georgian war, Russia in 2008 recognized the independence of two Georgian regions – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – and transferred additional troops and weapons to its military bases in these territories. All states of the world – with the exception of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Syria – consider these regions as the territory of Georgia under Russian occupation..