John Kerry called on Moscow to de-occupy Georgia


US Secretary of State John Kerry in Tbilisi called the actions of Russia in Georgia occupation, and called on Moscow to the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement of August 12, 2008.

“The United States stands firm in its commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders,” said Kerry. “Russia’s occupation and militarization of parts of Georgia’s territory are unacceptable. We continue to call on Russia to fulfill its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement, including a withdrawal of its forces to pre-conflict positions.”

The Secretary of State also stressed the importance of a memorandum signed today between the Georgian and American sides, aimed at strengthening Georgia‘s defense capabilities.

On July 7 the U.S. Secretary of State is scheduled to meet with leaders of the opposition parties “United National Movement”, and “Free Democrats”. Then Kerry will go to Kiev, where he meets with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, and Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman.



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