On August 4, representatives of the United States, Great Britain, France, Estonia, Ireland, Norway and Albania in the UN put forward a demand for the Russian Federation to withdraw its armed forces from the territory of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia and revoke the recognition of their state independence.
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia Dmitrii Medoev gave a comment to Sputnik South Ossetia on the statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov about Russia's refusal to conduct monitoring flights in the 10-kilometer zone near the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The accusations against South Ossetia and Russia, voiced in the next statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry, could not surprise anyone with their originality. For at least the last decade, one can observe how Georgian propaganda unsuccessfully tries to reverse the situation and return lost positions to Georgia.
The European Parliament has prepared a draft resolution, which, inter alia, urges the Georgian authorities to “try to extend the benefits of the AA [EU-Georgia Association Agreement] and the DCFTA [Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area] to the populations of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia”.
As it became known, the draft document on the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement has been approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee and put on the agenda of the plenary session in Strasbourg this week.
Pertaining to the statement of Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze at the 73ed session of the UN General Assembly
The resolution titled “10 Years after the August War”, which calls for Russia to revoke recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and to withdraw its troops from the territory of Georgia, was adopted at the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Berlin on July 11. The desire to include Georgia in NATO was reaffirmed by the authorities of the Alliance at NATO summit in Brussels on the same day.
The so-called Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili sanction list, which includes citizens of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia, who allegedly in various periods of time had committed various offences against Georgian nationals, was published in Georgia on June 26, 2018.
The statement of Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani pertaining to the measures undertaken by the Parliament of the Republic of South Ossetia in relation to issues of several civilians from village Tshnelis, who as a result of demarcation found themselves beyond the South Ossetian borders, wasn’t left without attention in Tskhinval.
One cannot name the distorted perception of the picture of the world otherwise than oneiric, when fragments of the real world are mixed with fantastic images.
June 14 saw Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office investigating the case of Archil Tatunashvili bringing charges against two members of law enforcement agencies of the Republic of South Ossetia and urging the South Ossetian citizens to come to the police department of the neighboring state.
Pertaining to the adoption of another Georgian resolution by the European Parliament
The resolution titled “Occupied Territories of Georgia – 10 years after the Russian Invasion”, in which the European Parliament supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and calls for Russia to revoke its decision on the recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, was adopted at the session of the European Parliament on June 14, 2018.
As it became known, May 18 saw signing of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation, according to which the Russian Federation has completed the procedure necessary for launching the implementation of the Agreement on the basic principles for a mechanism of customs administration and monitoring of trade in goods signed with Georgia on November 9, 2011.
Pertaining to “peaceful initiatives” of Georgia
Georgian authorities, having recognized the impossibility of “returning back” South Ossetia and Abkhazia forcefully in short term, has changed its tactics. Now the concept of peaceful reconciliation titled “State Strategy on Occupied Territories: Engagement Through Cooperation” and number of so-called peaceful humanitarian initiatives, which are loudly advertised in the world by the official Tbilisi, are on the agenda.