CE: Opening of Russian polling stations in Abkhazia and South Ossetia is illegal
Georgia, Tbilisi, April 25 / Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgian parliamentarians consider a resolution on the presidential elections in Russia adopted by the Council of Europe as another form of support for Georgia.
Along with various violations in the presidential elections in Russia, the resolution says that the polling stations in Georgia's breakaway regions - Abkhazia and South Ossetia, were opened by Russia illegally.
As Georgian MP Petre Tsiskarishvili told reporters in Strasbourg, the adoption of this resolution is very important.
"It was clear to all at PACE from the very first day when Russia sought the arrival of an election observation mission with a pro-Russian head. It happened, but in this case despite the fact that the delegation which as a rule supported the Russian position, presented such a report which records various violations. This includes the violation of Georgia's sovereignty and the illegal opening of polling stations in the occupied territories," Tsiskarishvili said.
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later Russian troops occupied the city of Tskhinvali and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognised the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced the two unrecognised republics as occupied territories.