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Recognized occupation

The Presidents of Abkhazia (Sergei Bagapsh), Russia (Dimitri Medvedev) and South Ossetia (Eduard Kokoity) shake hands. Photo: kremlin.ru

In the direct aftermath of the 2008 Russian – Georgian war, the Russian Federation undertook a range of measures to extract both South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia, starting with the recognition of both as independent, this weekend exactly ten years ago. A little exploration in the past. Two weeks after …

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Recognition

On August 12, ten years ago, when Georgia’s final defeat by Russian troops was near, a hastily negotiated ceasefire agreement between French President Nikolas Sarkozy acting on behalf of the EU and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was drafted. The Americans and Europeans recognized time was running out if they wanted …

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Four NATO Ships Make Port Call in Georgia

Four NATO ships, assigned to the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), arrived on a four-day port call in Poti on Georgia’s Black Sea coast today. The maritime group, which includes the British frigate HMS Duncan, Turkish TCG Gemlik, Bulgarian BGS Drazki, and Romanian ROS Regele Ferdinand, is led by Mike …

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Georgia, Israel Launch Free Trade Feasibility Study

The Minister of Economy and Industry of Israel, Eli Cohen, and his Georgian counterpart, Dimitri Kumsishvili, signed yesterday a declaration on launching a joint feasibility study on free trade agreement between the two nations. Minister Cohen, who was on his first official visit to Georgia on May 9-11, said after …

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MEPs Visit Georgia, Meet Top Officials

A four-member delegation of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defense (SEDE) visited Georgia on May 8-10, discussing with Georgian leaders the country’s relations with the European Union and the situation in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. The delegation of the SEDE subcommittee includes Anna Fotyga (ECR, Poland), Clare …

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Georgian Economy Minister Meets Iranian Leaders in Tehran

Georgian Economy Minister Dimitri Kumsishvili paid a one-day working visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran on May 7, and held talks with high-ranking Iranian officials. During the visit, Kumsishvili met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Economy and Finance Minister Masoud Karbasian, Roads Minister Abbas Akhoundi, and Oil Minister …

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Government Unveils Action Plan for Education Reform

The Government of Georgia unveiled a new action plan for education reform, which aims at improving the quality of education at all levels, and represents one of the areas in the Government’s four-point reform plan. The action plan, dubbed “Twelve Steps to Quality Education,” was introduced to government officials, lawmakers, experts, …

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Georgia-Russia: Getting Security Right

Patrol cars of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM). Photo: EUMM This past spring, the observers of largely anemic diplomatic talks in Geneva were exited to hear the reluctant confirmation by the Georgian foreign ministry of the “minor progress” regarding the non-use-of-force (NUF) agreement. This followed on Russian …

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Georgian Diaspora: building ties that bind

It is a group of Georgians that rarely features in the country’s public life. But a stark reminder of their existence came in September and October 2013, when former President Mikheil Saakashvili granted Georgian citizenship to over 2,500 people of Georgian origin living in Turkey. Their enthusiasm took some people …

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Georgia in UNSC Debate

Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze delivers statement at the UN Security Council Open Debate, February 21, 2017. Photo: UN Mission of Georgia The February 21 UN Security Council Open Debate on Conflicts in Europe, focused primarily on the situation in Ukraine, but touched upon other European conflicts as well, including that …

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