Contents tagged with Abkhazia

  • Leader of Abkhazia killed in car accident

    Gennadi Gagulia, Prime Minister of the unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia died in a car crash on the night of September 8, reported Interfax, citing information from his administration. RIA Novosti, reported that Gagulia died on the way to the hospital while his driver and security guard were released from the hospital. 

    According to the local Prosecutor General’s Office, a VAZ-2109 Lada Samara hatchback veered off the oncoming lane and crashed into Gagulia’s car. The driver, a 22-year-old …

  • Putin's aide Surkov and Donbas separatist leaders visit South Ossetia to celebrate ‘independence’ anniversary

    At a ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary of Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia’s “independence”, Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, who was previously Russia’s authorized representative for the Donbas, called the self-declared republic of South Ossetia a “lifeline” for the militant-occupied separatist regions of Ukraine, the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (L/DPR), TASS reports.

    The event was attended by the leaders of the separatist territories in Ukraine, …

  • Georgia files lawsuit against Russia for the occupation of Abkhazia

    The Georgian Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and accused Moscow of occupying the country’s territories and deliberately harassing ethnic Georgians in the republic, reported TASS with a reference to the Georgian Ministry of Justice.

    “Georgia demands that the European Court recognize Russia’s responsibility for the violation of more than one articles of the European Convention (on human rights). In particular, the occupation …

  • The US freezes Open Skies Treaty with Russia

    Paragraph 1242 of the Defense Bill, approved by the US Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, stipulates the refusal to allocate money for financing the Open Skies Treaty.  

    It is indicated in the Defense Bill that the funds cannot be used in 2019 to carry out observation flights. It is noted that the restriction can be lifted if the US president presents the corresponding committee of the Congress a certificate confirming the fulfillment of the agreement terms by Russia.

    The document …

  • 11 countries accuse Russia of invading Georgia in 2008

    On August 7, the informal group of Friends of Georgia in the OSCE issued a joint statement dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Russia’s military invasion of Georgia. The authors of the statement urged Russia "to reverse its recognition of the so-called independence of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions."

    The text was signed by the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Ukraine. The signatories also called upon Moscow "to …

  • Ukraine calls on Russia to withdraw its troops from Georgia

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the occupied territories of Georgia (Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali Region), according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Russia-Georgia was 2018.

    Ukraine reaffirmed its support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, as well as its commitment to strategic partnership …

  • 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 …

  • 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.

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  • 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 …