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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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European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Georgia, Condemns Russian Occupation

The European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on Georgia today, urging the Russian Federation to “cease its occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia,” and to “stop the de facto integration of both regions into Russian administration.” The resolution titled “Georgian Occupied Territories Ten Years after …

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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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Deputy Foreign Minister Reports to Parliament on Syrian Recognition

Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua, who oversees the country’s non-recognition policy, reported yesterday to the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Syria’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “Syria is not only our problem, it is a problem of the entire civilized world,” Dondua stressed after the committee …

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Four More States Denounce Syria’s Recognition of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey have joined in the countries condemning Syria’s recognition of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia as independent states. On May 30, Italian Foreign Ministry underscored that the country “fully subscribes” to the European Union’s statement and that Italy reiterated its support to the territorial integrity of Georgia. …

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Seven More Countries, NATO Condemn Syria’s Recognition of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and the United Kingdom joined in denouncing Syria’s recognition of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia as independent states. Estonian Foreign Ministry said on May 29 that it deplores “blatant violation” of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity “by Russia-backed Syrian regime.” “International community must stand …

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Syria Recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Syria has decided to establish diplomatic relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, making it the fifth United Nations member state to have recognized the two regions’ independence from Georgia. According to the Abkhaz “foreign ministry,” Sokhumi and Damascus “agreed on mutual recognition and establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries …

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Secretary Of State: U.S. Eager To Welcome Georgia To NATO

The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, told the Georgian Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili,  at the Plenary Session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission in Washington on May 21 that “America’s support for Georgia remains strong and steadfast and will continue to do so.” “President Trump stands by the …

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Moscow Signs Contracts on Georgia-Russia Trade Monitoring

The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation signed on May 18 an agreement with Geneva-based testing and inspection company – SGS – on carrying out cargo monitoring through three “trade corridors” between Georgia and the Russian Federation. The contract is part of the Swiss-mediated agreement between Tbilisi and Moscow signed on November 9, …

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Internal Organs Missing from Tatunashvili’s Body, Lawyer Says

Tamar Avaliani, the lawyer of the family of Archil Tatunashvili, a thirty-five-year-old Georgian citizen, who died at the hands of the Russian-backed authorities in Tskhinvali on February 22, said the man was transferred to the Georgian authorities without his internal organs. Tamar Avaliani, who represents the family on behalf of the …

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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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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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Europe – Handle with Care

Georgia`s diplomatic spat with EU Special Representative (EUSR) Herbert Salber last week was as bad-tempered as it was unnecessary. Worse, the confidence-wrecking outburst makes the real differences between Georgia and the EU on breakaway regions even more difficult to address. Ambassador Salber represents the EU in Geneva International Discussions (GID), …

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