Occupation and presence of Russian troops in occupied regions remain main threat to Georgian state
04 April, 2018
Occupation and presence of Russian troops in occupied regions remain main threat to Georgian state
The State Security Service says presence of Russian Federation's armed forces in Georgia’s occupied regions is the main threat to the Georgian state.

The State Security Service’s annual report, submitted to the parliament, says that ongoing processes of informal annexation of the occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region by the Russian Federation, increasing militarization, deliberate isolation of the occupied territories, illegal detentions and discrimination of the Georgian population on the ethnic basis remains a major challenge for the State Security Service.

“Georgia’s occupation and presence of Russian Federation's armed forces in Georgia’s occupied regions is the main threat to the Georgian state. Ongoing process of informal annexation of the occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region by the Russian Federation, increasing militarization, deliberate isolation of the occupied territories, illegal detentions and discrimination of the Georgian population on the ethnic basis remains a major challenge for the State Security Service.
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The creeping Russian border in Georgia

Processes developed on the occupied territories of Georgia show that the Russian authorities are implementing the unofficial annexation policy in the direction of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region. A clear example of this is steps for practical implementation of so-called treaty on "alliance" with the occupied Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.
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The beginning of 2008 Russia-Georgia War

As a result of an illegal "referendum" held in the occupied Tskhinvali region on April 9, 2017, The name of Tskhinvali region has been changed and it is called "South Ossetia-State Alania", like one of the subjects of the Russian Federation ("North Ossetian Republic-Alania"), it aims at strengthening the process of Tskhinvali region’s integration with Russia and its complete elimination from the state space of Georgia, “- the report reads.
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Russian troops still occupy territories that were under Georgian control before the August war. Photo: mid.ru

According to the State Security Service, the situation in the occupied territories indicates that the Russian Federation gradually abolishes so-called sovereignty of Sokhumi and Tskhinvali at the institutional level.
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Russian troops near Georgia's occupied Tskhinvali Region

Ten years have passed since the August War between Georgia and Russia in 2008. As a result of Russia’s intervention, 228 Georgia’s citizens and 14 police officers, 1 747 were injured. About 150,000 people were forced out of their homes, with 30,000 among them remaining refugees to this day. 169 soldiers deceased and 5 were missing in action, although due to no trace of them being found for 2 years and no signs of them being alive reported, they are now officially considered deceased.

It is noteworthy that Russia’s creeping border occupation is observed between Georgia’s controlled territory and Tskhinvali till now.

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