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Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the visit to Georgia's occupied regions of the Commander-in-chief of the Russian Federation's Land Forces

The Commander-in-chief of the Russian Federation's Land Forces, Colonel-General Vladimir Chirkin, recently paid an official visit - in violation of Georgia's state borders - to Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali; the purpose of this visit was to "inspect" the military bases of Russia's occupation troops and to meet representatives of the regions' occupying regimes (which General Chirkin did on the 11th and 13th of July 2012).

Russia is continuing its intense militarization of Georgia's occupied regions and is rearming the occupying forces with modern military equipment - notably by deploying offensive missile systems and by training paramilitary groups. Constant military exercises in Georgia's occupied regions and along its state borders and the Russian Federation's strategic "Kazvkaz 2012" manoeuvres (planned for September 2012) should be considered in the same light: by holding and encouraging such exercises, Russia poses a direct military threat to peace and stability in Georgia and the Black Sea region as a whole.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Russian Federation has nothing to offer the Caucasus except the rule of criminal, mafia-like regimes and militarization, and this reality should properly be made a major subject for discussion among both the governments and peoples of the Caucasus and the international community as a whole.


Tbilisi, 16 July 2012



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