U.S. State Department: Russian troops’ stay in Georgia unacceptable
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct.17 / Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
The stay of Russian troops in Georgian territory is unacceptable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin said at a press briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi.
"The U.S. position regarding obligations undertaken by Russia in 2008 that states it must fulfil and withdraw its troops from Georgian territory, has not changed," he stressed.
He said the U.S. has a clear and firm position on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
Rubin declined to comment on statements made by the leader of the Georgian Dream coalition Bidzina Ivanishvili on Georgia's participation at the Sochi Olympics.
"It would be inappropriate to answer a specific question related to Georgia's foreign policy direction. I only express the thoughts that arose during my stay. U.S. relations with Georgia will be firm and strengthen further," he said.
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later the 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 two unrecognised republics as occupied territories.