Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia on military exercises in Georgia

Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia on military exercises in Georgia
4 October 2021 168

On October 4-th of this year, the international military exercises Eternity-2021 began in Georgia, with the participation of military personnel from Azerbaijan and Turkey. According to the available information, during the exercise, the military personnel of the three countries will carry out tasks to organize protection of regional economic projects. The exercise will last until October 8.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia regards the holding of such military exercises as a dangerous provocation attack aimed at encouraging of Georgia's military ambitions.

There is a strong impression that the Georgian authorities have seriously decided to create a kind of testing ground for military operations against an unnamed enemy on their territory. Moreover, the military power and potential of the USA and NATO are not enough for Georgian strategists and in recent years Tbilisi has been actively deepening military ties with Ankara and Baku.

The stated objectives of such military exercises cannot be misled either. From the experience of the recent past, it is well known what statements were sometimes used to cover military preparations - once it was said about the need to protect the railway, and now it may be necessary to "protect regional economic projects".

 Georgia should not forget that such feverish military activity at any time can lead to unpredictable consequences and pose a real threat to the existing architecture of regional security.

 The Republic of Abkhazia does not disregard the active militarization of Georgia and, if necessary, is prepared to take appropriate action to protect its territory and the security of its citizens.

On October 4 of this year, the international military exercises Enternity-2021 began in Georgia, with the participation of military personnel from Azerbaijan and Turkey. According to the available information, during the exercises, the military personnel of the three countries will fulfill the tasks of organizing the protection of regional economic projects. The exercises will last until October 8.

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia regards the conduct of such military exercises as a dangerous provocative attack aimed at encouraging Georgia's military ambitions.

There is a strong impression that the Georgian authorities have seriously decided to create on their territory a kind of training ground for practicing military operations against an unnamed enemy. Moreover, the military power and potential of the United States and NATO are no longer sufficient for Georgian strategists, and in recent years Tbilisi has been actively deepening military ties with Ankara and Baku.

The declared goals of such military exercises cannot be misled either. From the experience of the recent past, it is well known what statements sometimes covered up military preparations - once it was said about the need to protect the railway, but now it may be necessary to “protect regional economic projects”.

Georgia should not forget that such feverish military activity at any moment can lead to unpredictable consequences and create a real threat to the existing architecture of regional security.

The Republic of Abkhazia does not disregard the actively ongoing process of militarization of Georgia and, if necessary, are ready to take appropriate actions to protect their territory and ensure the safety of their citizens.

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