The Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia

The Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia
9 December 2017 646
The Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia drew attention to the reaction of M. Janelidze, the Georgian Foreign Minister to the statement made by Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister at a press conference following the results of the participation in the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OSCE.

In his turn, Lavrov stressed that Russia respects the territorial integrity of Georgia as well as respects the territorial integrity of two new independent states - the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia.

Thus the Russian foreign minister clearly pointed to the existing political realities in the region according to which there are three sovereign states on the ground of the former Georgian SSR - Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

In this regard it is completely unclear what M.Janelidze, the Georgian Foreign Minister wanted to prove by reaction to the well-founded statement of the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The territorial integrity of Georgia according to M.Janelidze does not exist today.

M.Janelidze's words about the allegedly destructive policy of Russia which contradicts the fundamental principles of the OSCE fully relate to the policy pursued by Georgia, impeding the realization of the fundamental rights of the people of Abkhazia organizing international isolation of Abkhazia and exerting pressure on its citizens around the world.

However, this for Tbilisi was not enough. Recently, Georgia moved to war with monuments which was clearly manifested in an attempt to dismantle the memorial in Scotland dedicated to the Abkhaz warriors who died as a result of Georgia's aggression against Abkhazia in 1992-1993.

We call on the Georgian Foreign Ministry to stop indulging in illusions and to take a sober look at the current situation. The Republic of Abkhazia formed as a result of the realization of the people's right to the self-determination is the same sovereign state as Georgia. The existence of a sovereign state created by the people of Abkhazia does not depend on the will of Georgian politicians or western patrons of Georgia.

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