Contents tagged with Georgia

  • Georgia closes its airspace to Syria

    Georgia closed its airspace to two Syrian airlines because of Syria’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as stated by the CEO of Sakaeronavigatsia (Georgian air traffic controller) Gocha Mezvrishvili, Interfax reports.

    He noted that the Georgian government, in connection with the decision of the Syrian leadership to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia , had already made the political decision to sever diplomatic relations with Syria. “ …

  • Georgia cuts diplomatic ties with Syria

    Georgia has officially broken off diplomatic relations with Syria. Earlier Tbilisi said that it intended to do so, after Damascus recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    The press service of Georgia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Georgia’s permanent representative to the UN has informed the UN secretary-general of the decision.

    Georgia explained that its decision was due to the the Syrian government’s decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in …

  • Estonian Defense Minister: Ukraine and Georgia should wait for the right moment to join NATO

    Estonian Minister of Defense, Jüri Luik, stated that Georgia and Ukraine should prepare for NATO membership and wait for the right moment, the ERR news agency reports.

    “I told my Georgian and Ukrainian colleagues that you should never give up,” Luik stated. “The best example is the membership of the Baltic countries. It was considered a miracle, but, nevertheless, it happened.”

    According to Luik, this became possible due to the sudden “affair” of former US President George Bush and Russian …

  • Assad plans to visit North Korea

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed his intention to make an official visit North Korea and hold a meeting with the country's leader Kim Jong Un, reports the South Korean agency Yonhap.

    "I am determined to visit the DPRK in the future and to meet with the Supreme leader, Kim Jong Jong," said Assad while receiving the credentials of the new ambassadors.

    The Syrian president also noted that, thanks to the policy of the leader of the DPRK, the Korean peninsula has seen positive changes.

    " …

  • Georgia: Russia directed Syria to recognize the independence of Georgian regions

    Tbilisi says that Russia is behind Syria’s acknowledgment of the independence of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    “It’s a pity that as a result of Russian manipulation, the Assad regime accepted this decision,” the Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze said on May 30. He explained that in response to the recognition of the independence of the Georgian regions by Damascus, Tbilisi has already started procedures for breaking diplomatic relations with Syria.

    On May 29, …

  • Georgia severing diplomatic relations with Syria

    In an official statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said that Georgian authorities officially started the procedure for severing diplomatic relations with Syria after the decision in Damascus to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.   

    The decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and establish diplomatic relations with them is considered by the Georgian Foreign Ministry to be a violation of international law and a demonstration …

  • NATO Parliamentary Assembly accuses Russia of human rights violations in Ukraine and Georgia

    Iryna Friz, the chairman of Ukraine’s permanent delegation, stated on her Facebook page that a report of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly that held its spring session in Warsaw on Saturday, identified Russia as responsible for human rights violations in Ukraine and Georgia.

    The report “Fostering Democracy and Human Rights in the Black Sea Region” was presented by special rapporteur Ulla Schmidt. It highlights massive violations of human rights in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

    “The …

  • 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 …

  • Georgia to file a lawsuit against Russia over the death of Georgian citizen

    Georgia’s Ministry of Justice, in coordination with the government, will submit a lawsuit against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the newspaper Vzglyad reports. Georgia’s Minister of Jusice, Tea Tsulukiani, stated that the case is being initiated regarding Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili, who died in South Ossetia in February of this year.

    “The process of preparing claims started during the period when Georgian authorities were doing everything possible to get …

  • 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] …