Washington: The United States called the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to occupied Abkhazia inappropriate, US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said.
“The United States views the visit of President Putin to the Russian occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia as inappropriate and inconsistent with the principles underlying the Geneva International Discussions, to which Russia is a party”, the statement said.
The US called for reverse Russia’s recognition of the "republics" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"The United States urges Russia to withdraw its forces to pre-war positions per the 2008 ceasefire agreement and reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia," she said.
Earlier it was reported that NATO criticized Putin for his visit to occupied Abkhazia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in occupied Abkhazia on a working visit on Tuesday, August 8.
Nine years ago, on August 8, 2008, the Russian-Georgian war began. As a result of the war, 408 Georgian citizens were killed, including 170 servicemen, 14 MVD employees, and 224 civilians. The number of wounded and injured was 2,232.
Russian troops entered the territory of Georgia, as a result of which Russia occupied about 20% of the territory of Georgia and created on them the unrecognized "republics" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.