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EU Concerned Over Russian Support of Unrecognized Republics
April 17, 2008, 8:19 pm
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BRUSSELS (Armenpress)–EU’s foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana expressed concern over Russia’s apparent intention to establish formal relationships with Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, his press secretary Kristina Gallah said.
“We are concerned over these one-sided decisions, we have always come out in defense of Georgia’s territorial integrity,’ Gallah told journalists in Brussels, adding that Solana conveyed his concerns to Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili by phone.
A representative of the US Department of State, Sean McCormack told journalists in Washington that George W. Bush’s administration supports Georgia’s territorial integrity and its sovereignty.
He said Washington is trying to clarify the content of Russia’s new initiatives in respect to Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“We are still investigating what Russians, particularly, are offering, but before that I would like to reconfirm our permanent support to Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” he said.
NATO is also “deeply concerned” by a Russia’s announcement that it will formalize its ties with Georgia’s pro-Russian separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Wednesday.
In the meantime Georgia called on the international community to counter Russia’s decision to establish formal relationships with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“Russia has launched yet another dangerous move which is directed at seizing Georgia’s internationally recognized territories,” a statement by Georgia’s foreign ministry addressed to UN, OSCE, NATO, EU and CIS says.
In related news, a joint Georgian-US military exercise called Immediate Response 2008 will be held near Tbilisi in July, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday, citing the Georgian Defense Ministry. Around 2,000 people from the United States as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, will join Georgian troops in the exercises, which were planned by the US Armed Forces European Command. The exercises will take place at Georgian military sites, including the Vaziani military base and the Poti naval base.


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