Territorial Integrity

US Condemns Russia’s Military Agreement with Georgia’s Breakaway Region of South Ossetia

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The United States has condemned Russia’s ratification of military agreements with Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia, the US Department of State said in a press statement issued on January 26.

The statement says that the US does not recognize the legitimacy of the alliance and that it is not a valid international agreement, and reiterates US support for Georgia’s territorial integrity.

The US Department of State ends its statement by urging Russia to withdraw its forces from Georgia’s breakaway regions.

Full statement:

“The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force. We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which does not constitute a valid international agreement.

The United States’ position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia is unwavering: The United States fully supports Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

The United States views ratification of this agreement as inconsistent with the principles underlying the Geneva International Discussions, to which Russia is a participant. The United States urges Russia to withdraw its forces to pre-war positions per the 2008 ceasefire agreement and reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.”

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