Aug 27, 2010

Statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has released a special statement regarding the second anniversary of so called `independence` recognized of the occupational regimes set up by Federation of Russia on the territories of Georgia.

`Since the beginning of the 1990s, following the break-up of the Soviet Union and the restoration of Georgia`s independence, Russia has been deliberately pursuing an aggressive policy directed against the Georgian state, which aimed at first impairing and disintegrating the Georgian State and then subjecting it fully to Russia`s neo-imperialist ambitions. Read More..

After provoking the armed clashes on the territory of Georgia in league with the outlawed groupings of the proxy regimes created by Russia itself, the latter has repeatedly carried out an ethnic cleansing on the territory of Georgia. Failing to achieve its objective, on 7 August, 2008, Russia launched a full-scale military aggression against the neighboring sovereign State, whereas on 26 August, 2008, following the military occupation of Georgia`s integral territories and yet another wave of ethnic cleansing, recognized the so-called `independence` of the occupational regimes set up by Russia itself in gross violation of the universally recognized norms and principles of international law and the 12 August, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement. Russia still continues to carry out its criminal activities on Georgia`s occupied territories, in particular, through their militarization, economic expansion, and predatory policy involving the destruction of the cultural heritage and appropriation of natural resources.

The past two years have clearly demonstrated that the Kremlin`s efforts  to employ diplomatic and non-diplomatic methods - also involving the practice of financial tampering -  to legitimize the forced redrawing of the borders of the sovereign State, military occupation and ethnic cleaning has come to no successful end. The International Community did not allow the crime to prevail.

The Kremlin`s aggressive policy has brought the Russian-Georgian relations to a deadlock, causing instability in the Caucasus and the Black Sea Region as a whole, and posing a threat to the tenets of the system of international relations.

The Russian Federation should be brought to comply with its international commitments, respect international law and ensure the full de-occupation of the territory of Georgia,` the statement says.