Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb. 4 / Trend , N.Kirtskhalia/
The Georgian Foreign Ministry accuses Russia of concealing the EU's position on conflicts in Georgia.
"The EU is extremely concerned about Russia's plans to deploy military bases in Georgia's occupied territories. The EU Troika held a meeting in Moscow to address the issue," the Georgian Foreign Ministry Press Department said in a message.
The message was published with regards to a statement made by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Grushko about a meeting with EU Troika ambassadors, which focused on other issues.
"The Russian side said at the meeting with EU Troika ambassadors that Russia's actions after the war in Georgia fully comply with the 6-item ceasefire agreement signed on Aug. 12," the message said. "It seems the Russian Foreign Ministry is either unfamiliar with the document or takes it very lightly. The agreement clearly says all Russian armed forces will leave Georgia. Accordingly, it is ridiculous to say that placing bases in Georgia's occupied territories does not violate the document." The Georgian Foreign Ministry said Grushko has confirmed Moscow's intention to strengthen its military capacity in Georgia's occupied territories.
"It should be understood that Russia is talking about relationships with 'host countries' to legitimize its illegal actions. These 'countries' exists only in Russia's virtual reality. And Moscow is trying to convince the international community that this reality is true," the message said. The Georgian Foreign Ministry reiterated that 13 Georgian police officers and civilians were killed and dozens wounded recently in border conflicts after provocations by the "Russian occupied territories."
"As we know, Geneva talks are underway. All interested parties are participating. The talks address stability and security in Georgia's regions - Abkhazia and Tskhinvali. Georgia reaffirms that it is ready to consider any matter in this format, including demilitarizing the occupied territories if Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty are ensured," the message said. Russia normally uses demagogy and distorts facts to strengthen its positions. But despite its persistent attempts, Moscow cannot mislead its own people, the message said.
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