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Russia, Abkhazia, S Ossetia Concerned About Georgia-NATO Cooperation

Sputnik News

16:13 24.03.2016(updated 17:02 24.03.2016)

Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are concerned about the increasing NATO expansion.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are concerned about the increasing military cooperation between Georgia and NATO and believe that Georgian-NATO military exercises undermine multilateral efforts to stabilize the situation in the South Caucasus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Representatives of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia met on March 22-23 within the framework of the Geneva discussions, mediated by Russia, the United States, the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the European Union.

"Given the continuous claims by Tbilisi to the territory of the two independent republics, strengthening the offensive capabilities of the Georgian army and the growing number of joint Georgian-NATO military exercises raise reasonable concerns of Sukhumi and Tskhinvali, undermining the multilateral efforts to stabilize the situation in the South Caucasus," the statement reads.

In 2008, Georgia launched a military offensive against the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, ending in a five-day war with Russia. Both regions declared their independence from Georgia in the early 1990s and were recognized by Russia following the 2008 conflict.

During a NATO summit in Wales on September 4-5, 2014, a package of measures was approved to advance Georgia's efforts in its preparations for NATO membership.

Sputnik



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