10 years after war, Georgia condemns Russia's ongoing 'occupation'

  • 10 years after war, Georgia condemns Russia's ongoing 'occupation'

10 years after war, Georgia condemns Russia's ongoing 'occupation'

"We, the representatives of Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, have come to Georgia to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Russian military aggression against Georgia and reaffirm our unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders", the four politicians said in the statement.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance.

Georgia lost its control of both areas and Russian Federation later recognized both South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.

The aggression against Georgia did not start in August 2008, but much earlier, in 1991-92, Margvelashvili said, when "Russia detached two regions from the Georgian central authorities by means of hybrid war".

Foreign affairs chiefs from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine met in Georgia this week to take part in commemorations marking 10 years since Russia's 2008 invasion of the Caucasus Republic and reiterate hopes that the country could soon join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The statement also mentioned Georgian citizens Davit Basharuli, Giga Otkhozoria and Archil Tatunashvili, who were killed by the occupation forces, saying Georgia has repeatedly proved unilateral fulfillment of the non-use of force, expecting similar steps from Russian Federation. 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.

Prime minister stressed that there is a different government in Georgia now.

Nevertheless, a survey recently conducted by the Georgian National Democratic Institute (NDI) revealed that domestic support for Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union is on the rise compared to previous years. 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.

He said Georgia had no chance of winning a war against its giant northern neighbour, but gave "the aggressor a smack in the jaw" when it offered resistance and won "time until the worldwide community woke up".

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

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could lead to catastrophic consequences for the rapprochement of Tbilisi with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation irritates Moscow.

"We will respond appropriately to such aggressive steps, which pose a direct threat to Russia", Putin warned.