Contents tagged with South Ossetia

  • Leader of Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia wants to join Russian Federation

    The leader of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia, Anatoly Babilov, said the unrecognized statelet will take legal steps to initiate the process of joining the Russian Federation.

    According to Babilov, "I believe that unification with Russia is our strategic goal... This is our path, the aspiration of the people. And we will walk along this path. We will take appropriate legal steps in the near future."

    Babilov referenced Russia’s annexation of the Crimea as a precedent for South …

  • Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia sends troops to Ukraine to fight alongside Russia

    The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia has sent approximately 150 soldiers from the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia to the Crimea to fight on behalf of the Russian military.

    "About 150 people were transferred from South Ossetia to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea for further actions in the neighboring regions of Ukraine,” the General Staff wrote on Facebook. “Also, measures were taken to covertly mobilize the …

  • Georgia accuses Russia of illegal 'borderization' with South Ossetia

    Georgian Foreign Ministry reported citing Georgian State Security Service that the Russian military began to install fences to mark the border in the area of the village of Atotsi (Karelian region), on the line that separates the Tskhinvali region, reports Novosti-Georgia.

    Georgian Foreign Ministry called these actions "deliberate provocation" aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country, and "illegal borderization."

    Georgia called on Russia to "immediately stop destructive actions." …

  • Putin names condition for withdrawal of Russian troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    Before the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) summit in Yerevan, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked a question about Russia's obligations with regards to Georgia and Abkhazia. A journalist of the Georgian TV channel Rustavi-2 asked Putin when he intends to start fulfilling the commitments made in 2008. Putin replied: "We always fulfill them."

    The journalist then asked when the Russian troops are expected to be withdrawn from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, calling them "occupied territories of …

  • OSCE calls on Russia to stop recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    The General Committee on Political Affairs and Security of Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) adopted the Georgian resolution calling on Russia to cancel the decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    Fifty representatives of national delegations supported the document, five opposed and nine representatives abstained, reports TASS news agency.

    The author of the resolution is Sofio Katsarava, a member of the …

  • Georgia files lawsuit against Russia for the occupation of Abkhazia

    The Georgian Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and accused Moscow of occupying the country’s territories and deliberately harassing ethnic Georgians in the republic, reported TASS with a reference to the Georgian Ministry of Justice.

    “Georgia demands that the European Court recognize Russia’s responsibility for the violation of more than one articles of the European Convention (on human rights). In particular, the occupation …

  • 11 countries accuse Russia of invading Georgia in 2008

    On August 7, the informal group of Friends of Georgia in the OSCE issued a joint statement dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Russia’s military invasion of Georgia. The authors of the statement urged Russia "to reverse its recognition of the so-called independence of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions."

    The text was signed by the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Ukraine. The signatories also called upon Moscow "to …

  • Russian troops practice defense against military drones in South Ossetia

    Russian military specialists in combating unmanned aerial vehicles repelled a mock enemy drone attack on the defense perimeter of their S-300 missile systems in South Ossetia. Military snipers from the Southern Military district base also took part in the operation an attack, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press service of the Southern Military district.

    "During the special tactic exercises, specialists of the Krasukha electronic warfare system and the crew of the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft …

  • Ukraine calls on Russia to withdraw its troops from Georgia

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the occupied territories of Georgia (Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali Region), according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Russia-Georgia was 2018.

    Ukraine reaffirmed its support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, as well as its commitment to strategic partnership …

  • Georgia cuts diplomatic ties with Syria

    Georgia has officially broken off diplomatic relations with Syria. Earlier Tbilisi said that it intended to do so, after Damascus recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    The press service of Georgia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Georgia’s permanent representative to the UN has informed the UN secretary-general of the decision.

    Georgia explained that its decision was due to the the Syrian government’s decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in …