These exercises negatively affect the security of all neighboring countries without exception and are destabilizing. Once again, Georgia and its western patrons demonstrate an open commitment to militarization, which does not fit into the ongoing efforts to develop confidence-building measures in the region. Such a destructive policy directly threatens the national security of the Republic of Abkhazia, and also violates the foundations of security and stability in the South Caucasus. Georgia’s universally declared readiness to de-escalate tensions and reduce the risks of military activity has long required practical confirmation.
Georgia’s partners have long had to admit the fallacy and possible explosive consequences of such exercises, and also learn to be aware that such actions fuel the revanchist mood of the Georgian “hawks” and can jeopardize attempts to establish a civilized interstate dialogue.
The Republic of Abkhazia intends to raise the issue of intentional escalation of tension on the agenda of the next round of the Geneva discussions on security and stability in the Caucasus.