Secretary general: Georgia could raise issue of Russian military exercises at OSCE Security Forum
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 10 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier has proposed discussing Georgia's concerns about possible Russian military aggression within the "Security Cooperation Forum" during his visit to Tbilisi.
"If the Georgian side has such concerns, then we can consider this issue within such a conference, which will soon be held in France," he said on Tuesday at a joint press conference with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.
"This is a special forum on security held by the OSCE, and I think that such discussions are quite appropriate," the Secretary General said.
He said if there are such concerns and Georgia's desire to raise the topic before OSCE member states, it may make it freely.
Vashadze did not comment on the proposal.
Earlier, the Georgian side has repeatedly expressed concern about the conduct by Russia of Caucasus 2012 military exercise on the border with Georgia, at the same time with the parliamentary elections. This theme more than once became the subject of discussion in meetings with international delegations in Tbilisi.
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.