Tbilisi: Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Grigory Karasin, following the next round of Geneva discussions on security and stability in the South Caucasus, said that the hostile rhetoric of Georgia on the situation around occupied Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia after the presidential elections has not changed.
“Georgia held presidential elections. We hoped that after that the hostile rhetoric of Tbilisi would be reduced. Frankly, those hopes were not fully justified. The new representative of Georgia, Deputy Foreign Minister Lasha Darsalia again stands on the principles of non-recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, their occupation by Russia and as if the Russian Federation did not fulfill its obligations under the agreement of 2008,” said Grigory Karasin.
According to him, the delegations of occupied Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia had to remind Tbilisi about the changes that have been made in the occupied territories over the past 10 years, in particular, the socio-economic situation and the implementation of various projects.
In turn, the Georgian delegation during the 46th round of the Geneva International Discussions on Security in the South Caucasus focused on the need to solve the humanitarian problems of the population affected by the conflicts.
"The delegation from Tbilisi spoke about the grave consequences of the Russian illegal occupation and the actual annexation of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region for the local population. Special attention was paid to the process of militarization of these territories, frequent military exercises and violations of the airspace of Georgia. In addition, it was about strengthening the line of occupation barbed wire barriers and the construction of artificial barriers near the village of Atotsi," was said by the Georgian Foreign Ministry.