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US Secretary Pompeo calls on Russia troops to leave Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said American support for a peaceful resolution to Russia's presence in Georgia “is of highest importance to our country and regional stability”
10:10, 22 May 2018

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 21 promised increased security and economic support for Georgia and called on Russia to withdraw its forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions under a 2008 ceasefire agreement. This was reported by Business Insider.

"The United States unequivocally condemns Russia’s occupation on Georgian soil," Pompeo said in opening remarks to the annual U.S.-Georgian Strategic Partnership in Washington. "Russia's forcible invasion of Georgia is a clear violation of international peace and security."

Pompeo repeated U.S. policy that the United States would support Georgia's eventual membership of the NATO military alliance.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said American support for a peaceful resolution to Russia's presence in Georgia “is of highest importance to our country and regional stability.”

Georgia's membership of the military alliance would be a “clear added value for the Euro-Atlantic security,” Kvirikashvili said.

NATO promised Georgia membership in 2008.

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Kvirikashvili urged closer economic and trade ties, saying U.S. involvement in infrastructure projects, like the Anaklia deep sea port on Georgia's Black Sea coast, would help attract interest in the region.

Russia still has troops stationed in Georgia after a 2008 war over the breakaway region of South Ossetia, backing Georgia’s Abkhazia, which is also controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

As it was reported earlier, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine urged Georgia to joint the development work at the sanctions mechanism against Russia. The press service of the Ukrainian reported this after the meeting with Irakli Kobakhidze, the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament. Poroshenko noted that the participation of Georgia will help draw greater attention and stimulate Europe to continue sanctions against Russia.

'We can add Georgian component for South Ossetia and Abkhazia', the president added.

Poroshenko expressed gratitude to the Georgian side for the provision of the opportunity for the wounded Ukrainian warriors and their families to get rehabilitation in Georgia.

Related: Stoltenberg: NATO doors opened for Ukraine and Georgia

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