Donald Trump has signed into law the Act recognizing the occupation of the territories of Georgia

6.05.2017 - ​A passage on the occupation of Georgian territories was for the first time added to the U.S. spending bill - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. The Congress passed the Act on 5 May. The document was enacted after being signed by the President on 6 May. 

The passage supporting Georgia is titled “Occupation of the Georgian Territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia” and comes under the Chapter of Russian Aggression.

According to the document, none of the funds appropriated by this Act may be made available for assistance for the central government of a country that the Secretary of State determines and reports to the Committees on Appropriations has recognized the independence of, or has established diplomatic relations with, the Russian occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

The Appropriations Act states that the U.S. Secretary shall publish on the Department of State Web site a list of any such central governments in a timely manner. The document further stipulates that none of the funds appropriated by the Act may be made available to support the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

In addition, the Document states that the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States executive directors of international financial institutions to vote against any assistance for any of their programs (including any loan, credit, or guarantee) that violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.

The Appropriations Act also envisions a report to be submitted to congressional committees by the Secretary of State no later than 90 days after enactment of the Act “on actions taken by the Russian Federation to further consolidate the occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, including the estimated annual costs of such occupation.”