Russia calls US resolution on Georgian sovereignty ‘faulty PR’
20:31 – 01.08.11
Moscow has hit out at a US resolution that urges Russia “to remove its
occupying forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia” on Monday, calling
it an ill-advised “PR move”, the RIA Novosti reported.
On July 29, the US Senate unanimously adopted a resolution calling on
Russia to respect Georgia’s territorial integrity and to withdraw its
troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“The statements that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are allegedly
‘occupied’ by Russia have neither factual nor legal grounds,” a
spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. “This resolution is no
more than PR move.”
Moscow also said that the resolution encouraged Georgia’s “revengeful
Tensions between Russia and Georgia exploded in August 2008, when
Georgian forces attacked the breakaway republic of South Ossetia in an
attempt to bring it back under central control. Russia forces expelled
Georgian troops, chasing them deep into Georgia.
Russia recognized South Ossetia and another breakaway Georgian
republic, Abkhazia, as independent states two weeks after the
conflict. Georgia considers the two regions part of its sovereign
Georgia hailed on Saturday the US resolution, saying that the document
created “a serious basis for future actions.”