The “illegal occupation and annexation” of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, were committed in “complete violation of fundamental norms and principles of international law,” the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in its statement on March 15, on the fifth anniversary of the Crimea annexation.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia once again condemns the temporary occupation and annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and the attempts to forcefully change the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine – the actions our country has experienced itself,” reads the statement.
The MFA also underscored that “the practice of occupation and annexation poses a serious threat to the international security, peace and stability.”
The Foreign Ministry believes “firm and consolidated” position of the international community is essential “in order to avoid the escalation of armed conflict, to resist the ongoing aggression against sovereign states and to ensure peace and security through establishment of international security mechanisms on the ground.”
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia reaffirms strong and unequivocal support towards sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” the statement concluded.