Tbilisi categorically condemns merging of the armed forces of South Ossetia with the Russian army. This was mentioned in the statement released by the office of Minister for Reconciliation and Civilian Equality of Rights.
‘This decision clearly shows that the process of annexation of the non-recognized South Ossetia, which initially began in 2008, continues. Russia and the de-facto government of South Ossetia already signed dozens of so-called ‘agreements’ aiming to strengthen exclusive and full control of the Russian Federation over the occupied territories of Georgia. Such acts of occupation and annexation continue in spite of Georgia’s efforts to get the peaceful process going,’ reads the statement.
‘The ongoing military consolidation in this area is a challenge in terms of security and humanitarian affairs. Russia has not yet taken upon itself respective commitments, so this topic remains the key issue on the agenda of the Geneva talks,’ the document goes on.
The Georgian government asks the international community to evaluate the respective document between Russia and South Ossetia and put pressure on the Kremlin so that it lives up to its international commitments.