Georgia, Tbilisi, March 5 / Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
Tbilisi considers the holding of the Russian presidential elections in the occupied territories illegal and condemns it, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said at a briefing on Monday.
She said the elections were held in Georgian territory without the consent of the country's leadership, therefore, it is illegal. "For this reason, we will send a protest note to the Russian leadership through our Swiss mediators, because these are illegal elections in the occupied territories," Kalandadze said.
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later the Russian troops occupied the Tskhinvali city and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as the occupied territories.
Presidential elections were held in Russia on March 4
Five candidates claimed for the highest state post in Russia, four of which were nominated by parliamentary parties: Vladimir Zhirinovsky - from the Liberal Democratic Party, Gennady Zyuganov - from the Communist Party, Sergey Mironov - from "Fair Russia" and Vladimir Putin - from the "United Russia", as well as independent candidate, Mikhail Prokhorov.
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