Georgia hopes to influence Russia via international partners

Georgia Materials 30 May 2013 11:57 (UTC +04:00)
У Грузии нет других рычагов давления на Россию, кроме влияния международных партнеров
Georgia hopes to influence Russia via international partners

Georgia, Tbilisi, May 30 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

Georgia has no other levers of pressure upon Russia except the influence of international partners, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maya Panjikidze said on Thursday before a government meeting, commenting on the installation of a wire fence by Russian border guards in the zone of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict.

"For two days we have been making efforts to deliver this information to the international community. My deputies have already held meetings in Strasbourg and Brussels, where they notified Ministers of the EU and the headquarters of the Council of Europe on the illegal activities," she said.

Pandzhikidze noted that she hopes that Moscow will listen to the West, which demands the implementation by Russia of the Agreement of August 12, 2008 on the complete withdrawal of its troops from Georgia, including the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"International pressure can play its role in resolving this situation," the minister said.

Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.