Contents tagged with Abkhazia

  • US Secretary of State urges Russia to withdraw troops from occupied regions of Georgia

    During a meeting in Washington on Monday with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US condemns the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Voice of America reports.

    "The United States unequivocally condemns Russia’s occupation on Georgian soil. Russia’s forcible invasion of Georgia is a clear violation of international peace and security and goes against the basic principles of the Charter of the …

  • US Assistant Secretary of State urges Russia to 'withdraw troops from Georgia'

    Georgian television channel 1TV reports that US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell declared Russia "must withdraw its troops" deployed in the territory of Georgia in 2008 during the conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    The American diplomat made this statement from the Georgian side of the demarcation line, which Tskhinvali and Moscow consider to be the state border of South Ossetia. "Ten years have passed since the war [Russia-Georgia 2008 war] …

  • Georgian Foreign Ministry calls Putin's visit to Abkhazia a 'cynical act'

    Georgia’s Foreign Ministry has called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s to Abkhazia "a continuation of the deliberate policy" by Moscow against Tbilisi.

    "This cynical action on the ninth anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war leads to the legitimization of violent changes in the borders of a sovereign state through military aggression, ethnic cleansing and occupation," the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    The Ministry believes that Putin's visit to the Republic, bypassing the …

  • NATO criticizes Putin’s official visit to Abkhazia

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to unrecognized Abkhazia, Reuters reports quoting the representative of the alliance.

    “The visit of President Putin to the Georgian region of Abkhazia on the ninth anniversary of the armed conflict undermines the efforts of the international community to reach a peaceful and agreeable solution to the conflict,” the report said.

    The NATO spokesman said that Putin’s visit should have been …

  • Russia sends 1,500 newly drafted soldiers to Abkhazia

    About 1,500 Russian conscripts have arrived at the Russian military base in Abkhazia for further military service, as reported by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the manning of the personnel units at the Russian military base in Abkhazia has been completed as part of the 2017 spring draft campaign.

    "Before arriving at the military base, the recruits received a course in combined arms training and took a military oath on the …

  • Georgia accuses Russia of trying to 'legitimize regions that were forcibly taken away’

    While commenting on the reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to visit Sukhumi on August 8, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated that Tbilisi would construct a meaningful response to the illegal actions of Russia, reported the Voice of America. August 8 is the day of the ninth anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war, after which Moscow recognized the independence of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.

    "These statements, which we heard in connection with the visit …

  • Georgia calls Putin’s intention to visit Abkhazia ‘an attempt of its annexation’

    The State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality of Georgia, Ketevan Tsihelashvili, stated that the Russian President’s visit, scheduled for August 8th, to Abkhazia is "an occupation and an attempt at actual annexation", as reported by Georgia Online.

    "There are provocative actions and this visit should likely be considered as one at this point. This fits into the overall picture and is an ongoing provocation. This is an attempt at an actual annexation on Russia’s part, so our task is …

  • Georgian media: Russian military has moved the Abkhazian border

    Russian Federation representatives in Abkhazia have moved a banner designating the border by 500 meters once again, to the outskirts of the villages of Bershuti and Sobisi.

    As Georgia Online reports, citing David Tsertsvadze, the representative of the head of the Gori municipality Governing Council, the incident has occurred twice in the territory over the past two days.It is noted that the boundary limitation is established on the land plots of local residents.

    As a result of the demarcation, …

  • President of Georgia accuses Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov of violating international law

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Abkhazia "a violation of Georgian legislation and international law," RIA Novosti reported.

    During the two-day visit, Lavrov is planning to take part in the opening ceremony of a new Russian embassy in Abkhazia. Margvelashvili said that the work of any foreign representation in the territory of the country is permissible only with the consent of Tbilisi.

    "In another case, such an action is a …

  • UN Security Council began to discuss the situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    The UN Security Council has begun to discuss the continuing aggravation of the situation in Georgia, primarily in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as a result of Russia’s provocative actions. The talks were initiated by Ukraine at Georgia’s request on March 28.

    Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations reported the matter as part of exclusive commentary to

    The Ukrainian delegation drew the Security Council’s attention to the so-called "Parliamentary …