Feb 25, 2011

Moscow is protesting against the use of the term ‘Russian occupiers'

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Moscow is protesting against the use of the term ‘Russian occupiers' regarding the Russian troops in the Abkhazian and Tskhinvali regions, says the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry .

The spokesman of the Ministry demands use of ‘constructive vocabulary' by the participants of the Geneva negotiations.

‘The aspiration of the Georgian side to call the Russian troops in Abkhazia and South Ossetia ‘occupier' is absurd and has nothing common with reality', the spokesman said.

The next round of the Geneva consultations will be held in Geneva on 4 March. Representatives of the UN, the EU, the OSCE, Russia, Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia will take part in it.

We want to point out that Russian troops are occupying Abkhazia since 1993 and the local Georgian population was driven out by force. Today, Russia continues this occupation, refusing Georgians access to their homes in Abkhazia. In 2008 Russia applied the same strategy in South Ossetia(real name of this region is Samachablo), after provoking a war against Georgia under th pretext that Georgia chose sides with Western Europe and the US against Russia. Hundreds of thousands of Georgians are waiting to return to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.