According to the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Russia began its occupation of the Georgian territories in 1992-1993. He stated this at a round table with representatives of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine
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The President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili laid on Russia the blame for the fact that Abkhazia and South Ossetia seceded from the Republic. According to the report on the website of the President of Georgia, he made this statement during a round table meeting “Lasting peace and security — the Russian-Georgian war of 2008, 10 years later”.
“In 2008, of course, was the war between Russia and Georgia, which was attended by regular Russian armed forces. But the war against Georgia, began much earlier, <…> the occupation began much earlier, it began in 1992-1993,” — said Margvelashvili.
“We should not be afraid to call a spade a spade. What is doing Russia against a sovereign state is a war between Russia and Georgia is an aggression, an occupation and is violation of all international norms”, — said the head of state.
He promised that Georgia’s territorial integrity will be restored, and assured that it will be done peacefully.
Medvedev called the reasons for the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
During the round table the President met with the foreign Ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia Jacek Czaputowicz, Linas Linkevičius and Edgars Rinkēvičs and Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavel Rozenko, said “Interfax”.
According to the website “Georgia-online”, the representatives of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine adopted a joint communiqué on the events of August 2008. It says that four countries unconditionally and always support the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
“Regions of Georgia — Abkhazia and Tskhinvali occupied by Russia, and the so-called creeping occupation continues to this day. Russia issued quasicoherent with the occupied regions, which focused on the integration of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali with Russia. Artificially the process of recognition of Georgian regions “independent States” from countries influenced by Russia and this is happening under the dictation of Russia. We reject such moves and will never recognize the results of these actions”, — quotes Agency the text of the communiqué.
The official position of Georgia on the war in South Ossetia in August 2008 is that the fighting started on 8 August, insists Moscow, and a day early. It was August 7, 2008, I believe in Tbilisi, Russian forces through the Roki tunnel and entered the territory of Georgia, and all actions of the Georgian army in the future was an attempt to stop the aggression. So commemorative events in Georgia, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the war, began on 7 August. In particular, according to the report on the website of the President of Georgia, on this day over the residence of the head of state and over the state institutions of the country were at half-mast national flags.
According to Moscow, on the night of 8 August, the Georgian army began fighting in Tskhinvali and captured the city. The Russian army intervened in the conflict to protect its citizens living in South Ossetia. After the cessation of hostilities, Moscow recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.