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Georgia blames Russia of status quo

TBILISI: Russia has a clear interest in preserving the dangerous status quo in the unresolved conflicts in the Black Sea region, Georgia’s Ambassador to Turkey George Janjgava stated.
Speaking to Daily Sabah, Janjgava underlined that “Russia’s attempt to forcibly redraw the sovereign borders in Europe largely destabilized the security environment in the wider Black Sea region, and was a huge blow on entire rules-based international order.”
“If we look at the map, the Black Sea is now surrounded by Russian military strongholds,” he added, elaborating that “there are Georgia’s occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia, where the Russian Federation has been strengthening its illegal military presence, holding two full-fledged military bases with more than 10,000 troops and multiple missile launch systems.”
Janjgava further gave the example of Crimea saying “Moscow holds over 30,000 Russian troops and sophisticated armaments while maintaining its effective control over Eastern Ukraine with over 40,000 troops.”
“We should not forget about Moldova’s Transnistrian region, where Russia maintains around 2,000 troops,” the ambassador added. He said the illegal occupation of two Georgian regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, established a dangerous pattern, “which Russia further exploited in Ukraine and elsewhere, causing serious security implications not only in the Black Sea region but the entire Euro-Atlantic space.”
Diplomatic ties between Russia and Georgia, which is aspiring to join the EU and NATO, collapsed after Moscow occupied two of the latter’s territories in a conflict and went on to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where Russian troops are now garrisoned. Most of the world, however, continues to consider them as part of Georgia. Europe’s top human rights court earlier this year found Russia responsible for a swath of violations in these regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Georgia hailed the verdict by the European Court of Human Rights as a major victory.
The Strasbourg-based court ruled that Russia exercised effective control over Georgia’s separatist regions after the hostilities and was responsible for ill-treatment and acts of torture against Georgian prisoners of war, arbitrary detentions of Georgians and “inhuman and degrading treatment” of 160 detained Georgian civilians, who were held in crowded confinement for more than two weeks in August 2008. – Agencies


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