United States of America comment on the Russian President visit the occupied region of Georgia on the territory of Abkhazia. The State Department call this “an inappropriate and inconsistent” visit. The press statement was published on the official website of the State Department.
“The United States views the visit of President Putin to the Russian occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia as inappropriate and inconsistent with the principles underlying the Geneva International Discussions, to which Russia is a party. The United States fully supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and rejects Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The United States urges Russia to withdraw its forces to pre-war positions per the 2008 ceasefire agreement and reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” reads the message.
As it was reported earlier, on August 8 Georgia commemorated the victims of the Russian aggression, which led to the armed conflict in August 2008. Nine years ago, military action in South Ossetia took place, as pro-Russian separatists clashed with Georgian army. Russia interfered and invaded Georgia, calling this step ‘peace enforcement’. Russian military aviation bombarded Georgian cities – both civilian and military infrastructure; Russian tanks approached Gori and almost reached capital city Tbilisi.
The stand-off claimed lives of 408 people – civilians and military servicemen. Another 30,000 became refugees. Georgia lost the occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Russia, in turn, recognized as ‘independent states’.
Georgia’s MFA says Russia continues “occupation policy” on its territory.