Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Tbilisi Releases Statement on 10th Anniversary of Georgia-Russia War

Georgian soldiers detained by Russian peacekeepers on the Senaki military base in Georgia Aleksandr Chizhenok TASS Georgian soldiers detained by Russian peacekeepers on the Senaki military base in Georgia Aleksandr Chizhenok TASS
Kenny Thornton | 09 August, 2018, 21:39

"Standing alongside Georgian authorities, we want to remind the world what happened in August 2008: the violation of Georgia's independence, the tragedy of thousands of families chased out of their houses, hundreds of people dead and wounded", Czaputowicz told reporters in Warsaw.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance. Only Russia and a handful of countries recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent.

Georgia deployed troops to South Ossetia on the night of August 7-8, 2008, and tried to take control of the region.

A roundtable meeting on Russia-Georgia war is also scheduled to be held in Tbilisi on Tuesday with attendance of the same ministers. The de-escalation of military operations has made it possible to ease anxiety in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and reach a relationship with the European Union and other countries.

Georgian government continued their efforts for reconciliation by carrying out a policy dialogue for restoring territorial integrity, Koplatadze said.

"10y since Russia's aggression against #Georgia".

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The senator met with members of the Russian parliament's upper house who serve on the foreign affairs committee Monday. Paul said he had invited them to Washington.

The guests will also visit the conflict line and meet with Georgian president, PM and speaker of parliament. He has warned against Georgia joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. In mid-July this year NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg again confirmed the bloc's intention to one day accept Georgia in its ranks, again without mentioning any dates.

But since 2008, when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders promised Georgia it would one day join the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the Western dream of the small Caucasus country has been a source of anger for its northern neighbour Russian Federation.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a press conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin -- a prime minister during the war - said in 2012 that he approved a plan of military action against Georgia as early is in 2006 and that Russia has "trained South Ossetian militia".

"NATO expansion is a definite threat to the Russian Federation. It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".

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