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FM Linkevicius: Russia is a Super-Problem

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, who participated in the international conference in Tbilisi on September 11-12, stated yesterday that if the Russian government “will not realize that they are going to[wards] the stalemate situation” that would “be danger to everyone” around. “I am always saying, Russia is not a superpower, today Russia …

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NATO SG: Russia Cannot Decide on Georgia’s Behalf

“Russia has no right to decide on behalf of its neighbors,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at his press conference with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze in Brussels on July 18, stressing that Georgia has “the right to decide its own path, including what kind of security arrangements it …

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44th Round of Geneva International Discussions

The 44rd round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) – the multilateral mediation forum to address security and humanitarian consequences of the Russo-Georgian War of August 2008 – was held on June 20. The GID are co-chaired by the representatives of the OSCE, EU and UN, and involve representatives from …

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Mogherini: EU has a Very Special Role to Play in Georgia

“Ten years after the war in 2008 in Georgia, we have not stopped working for peace and for a true solution to the conflict,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told the European Parliament members yesterday. Addressing the European Parliament debate on Georgia’s occupied territories, Mogherini recounted the EU’s engagement …

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In Quotes: European Parliament Debate on Georgia Resolution

The European Parliament is to adopt a non-binding resolution on Georgia on June 14, titled “Georgian Occupied Territories Ten Years after the Russian Invasion.” MEPs debated the resolution yesterday, preceded with a statement of Federica Mogherini, the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security …

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Volker: US, Georgia enjoy strategic dialogue, close military ties

Voice of America’s Ani Chkhikvadze sat down with Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, to discuss Georgia’s domestic and foreign affairs. Recently, Syria’s Assad Government recognized occupied Abkhazia and Ossetia as independent states. Why do you think we saw this right now, especially given that Georgia, as …

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Hodges: Do Everything To Become Indigestible For Russia

Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair of Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis, told Voice of America’s Ia Meurmishvili that NATO has reacted strongly to Russia’s aggression, and that the Alliance has not been as strong as it is now for a long time. LTG Hodges …

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MDF Presents New Report on Anti-Western Propaganda

Tbilisi-based Media Development Foundation released its third annual monitoring report on May 14, identifying around two thousand anti-western messages in Georgian media in 2017. The report, covering the period between January 1 and December 31, 2017, documented the anti-western messages and fake news in seventeen television, online and print media …

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Georgian Leaders Want NATO Summit to Recognize Country’s Progress

The country’s progress on its NATO integration path has to be “adequately” recognized at the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, the Georgian leaders stressed yesterday, shortly after the National Security Council session. In his remarks after the meeting, President Giorgi Margvelashvili said Georgia “was indeed a frontrunner” …

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Weekly Tripwire 10-16 July

Lavrov fights NATO encroachment – …and Medoev has his back – Western allies condemn ‘borderization’, again – EUSR Salber bows out – Russia amps its grip on Tskinvali – Russian military wake to “invasion” drill – Crime wave in Abkhazia worsens, Russian tourist dead – Ethnic Armenians scolded by Abkhaz …

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The Race for the Fertile Crescent

Events of historic consequence are occurring in Syria’s eastern desert and the Euphrates valley. Out of the countless events of the Syrian war so far, the present moment may be the most important one in deciding the near geopolitical future of the Fertile Crescent. Daesh—the so-called Islamic State—is falling. Chances are, it will remain …

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Russian Official: New Law Enforcement Agency in Tskhinvali ‘Decided Matter’

Igor Zubov and Anatoly Bibilov in Tskhinvali, June 26, 2017. Photo: presidentruo.org At a meeting with Tskhinvali leader Anatoly Bibilov on June 26, Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said that establishment of the “Information-Coordination Center of Internal Affairs Agencies” in Tskhinvali was a decided matter. According to Zubov, only technical issues …

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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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Controversy over Moscow’s New Sokhumi-based Law Enforcement Center Continues

The agreement on the joint Russian-Abkhaz “Information-Coordination Center,” to be established for coordinating the activities of Russian and Abkhaz police agencies in fighting “organized crime and other dangerous types of crimes,” stirred controversy in Abkhazia; local politicians and organizations expressed their opposition to the Center, both before and after the …

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Kremlin Appoints New Envoy to Tskhinvali

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a presidential ordinance on May 23, appointing Marat Kulakhmetov “the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Ossetia.” Maj. Gen. Kulakhmetov is the former Russian commander of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces (JPKF) in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia in 2004-2008.  South …

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Moscow to Establish New Law Enforcement Agency in Abkhazia

Aslan Kobakhia and Igor Zubov in Sochi, May 18, 2017. Photo: Russian Interior Ministry On May 18, in the city of Sochi, Russia signed with the Sokhumi authorities an agreement on the establishment of the joint Russian-Abkhaz “Information-Coordination Center of Internal Affairs Agencies” to be based in the region’s capital Sokhumi.  The …

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Russia lays groundwork for South Ossetia Annexation

On March 28, the UN Security Council held a closed door discussion on developments in Georgia at Ukraine’s request. Speaking at his press briefing after the Security Council meeting, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said one of the matters of concern was “the attempts of annexation and …

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