Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

24.01.2018 - ​The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemns the ratification by the Russian State Duma of so-called agreement on incorporation of illegal military units of the occupied Tskhinvali region into the armed forces of the Russian Federation, which took place on 24 January 2018.

This represents another unlawful step by the Russian Federation towards factual annexation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia, in full disregard for the fundamental norms and principles of international law.

Through integration of Georgia’s occupied regions into the military system of the Russian Federation, Moscow blatantly violates the EU mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement. This is all the more disturbing that the Russian Federation still declines to take and respect the commitment on non-use of force and deliberately impedes the establishment of international security arrangements on the ground.
By this kind of provocative steps the Russian Federation attempts to hamper the peaceful conflict resolution and potential progress in the Geneva International Discussions. Moreover, Russia’s actions undermine European security architecture and are directed towards destabilization of situation in a wider region.

We call upon the Russian Federation to cease its provocations, to comply with its international obligations and implement all provisions of the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, including the withdrawal of its military forces from Georgian territory.

We appeal also to the international community to duly assess Russia’s far-reaching aggressive policy and take the effective measures in order to counter the ongoing illegal processes in Georgia’s occupied territories.