Georgian FM Fears Russia's “Creeping Annexaion” of Breakaway Regions

World | February 27, 2015, Friday // 17:01|  views

Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime minister of Georgia, speaks at a joint news conference with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk (unseen) following their meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 26 February 2015. Photo: EPA

Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili expressed concern about Russia's “creeping annexation” of the two breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Beruchashvili was particularly concerned about the agreements Russia has signed with the two separatist regions, which aim at deepening integration, The Moscow Times reports.

According to her, this was part of Russia's aggressive strategy to expand its spheres of influence in the region, which presented threat to the wider European security.

Beruchashvili joined Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, who was on an official visit to Brussels on Thursday and met with senior EU officials.

Following their meeting, European Council President Donald Tusk said that the strategic partnership signed between Russia and Abkhazia in November 2014 violates Georgian sovereignty and territorial integrity.

According to Georgia, Russia is on the way to sign a similar document with South Ossetia in order to integrate its security forces and military and already signed a border agreement last week.

Beruchashvili condemned the military buildup in the two separatist regions, where she believed Russia had stationed 11 000 troops.

She expressed hope that the West will remain strong and united in the sanctions it has imposed against Russia.

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Tags: Georgia, Russia, EU, European Council, Tamar Beruchashvili, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, annexation, Irakli Garibashvili, Donald Tusk, sovereigny, territorial integrity, sanctions


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