NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai, commented on the ratification of the agreement between Russia and the de facto Republic of Abkhazia regarding the formation of a joint military force. He once again affirmed the organization’s stance that the occupied territories are parts of Georgia.
“The Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia regarding a joint military force is not in line with international law or Russia’s commitments under the 2008 Agreement. This so-called “treaty” does not constitute a valid international agreement.
NATO’s position remains that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are integral parts of Georgia, and Allies continue to support Georgia’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity”, says James Appathurai
On November 3, the Russian parliament ratified an agreement which will see the combination of military forces of Russia and Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia. The agreement, signed by the President of Russia on November 22, seeks to create a “common security and defence space” for the purposes of “repelling aggression.”
On November 23, the U.S Department of State also issued a statement which declares that the United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the treaty between Russia and the de facto independent Republic of Abkhazia regarding the creation of a joint military force.