Georgian FM protests with Russian defense minister's visit to Abkhazia
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 15 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
The Georgian Foreign Ministry has expressed a strong protest.
It calls upon Russia to cease the militarization of the occupied territories, make a commitment on the non-use of force and begin the full de-occupation of Georgia, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov arrived in the occupied Abkhazia on July 13, 2011 by violating the state border of Georgia.
Russian Defense Minister's visit to the occupied Abkhazia unambiguously confirms that Russia did not intend and does not intend to fulfill its international obligations, including the ceasefire agreement of August 12, 2008," a statement said.
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.