Friday, 17 August, 2018

Poland confirms support for territorial integrity of Georgia

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"We do not understand why it is necessary", Medvedev said.

"We want to recall the first military aggression, in Europe's post-war history, by a country against a sovereign state and the occupation of its territory that continues to this day".

Prominent Georgian politicians are keen for their country to join the Western military alliance, but have seen their chances of joining hampered by Russian territorial incursions into the two breakaway territories - South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could lead to catastrophic consequences for the rapprochement of Tbilisi with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation irritates Moscow.

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine writes that Russian Federation bears full responsibility for the precarious humanitarian situation in the occupied territories and shall provide unhindered access to global humanitarian and human rights organizations to these territories.

The statement also mentioned Georgian citizens Davit Basharuli, Giga Otkhozoria and Archil Tatunashvili, who were killed by the occupation forces, saying Georgia has repeatedly proved unilateral fulfillment of the non-use of force, expecting similar steps from Russian Federation.

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Medvedev pointed to Moscow's recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Russian military bases there, saying that any attempt to change the status quo could lead to "extremely grave consequences".

Medvedev added that NATO's expansion is a threat to Russian Federation.

Georgian government continued their efforts for reconciliation by carrying out a policy dialogue for restoring territorial integrity, Koplatadze said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (19 July) warned North Atlantic Treaty Organisation against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance. The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

July 12, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the organization's intention to accept Georgia into the Alliance. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".

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