Lithuania plans to apply sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights violations in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia, according to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.
In a statement released on August 2, the Ministry said it had already addressed the migration department to include “in the list of undesirable persons” those individuals who have had a part in human rights violations in the two Russian-held regions.
The Foreign Ministry also emphasized that the move was made “in solidarity with Georgia.”
In solidarity with #Georgia, #Lithuania MFA proposed to impose restrictive measures on a number of individuals responsible for human rights violations in the occupied territories of #Sakartvelo. ➡ https://t.co/HypOvIx2xZ pic.twitter.com/8KH4mWAdqh
— Lithuania MFA (@LithuaniaMFA) August 2, 2018
The MFA then focused on the killings of Giga Otkhozoria and Archil Tatunashvili, saying the Georgian officials “are still hampered as they are carrying out the investigation and seeking to ensure that the perpetrators of the illegal killing of the citizens are brought to justice.”
The Ministry also denounced Moscow’s “creeping annexation” of Georgia that “undermines security in the region,” and urged the Kremlin to “establish conditions for ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice and to stop all illegal actions in the territory of Georgia.”