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Georgian officials denunciates Russia’s recognition of independence of Ukrainian regions

In Georgia, President Salome Zourabichvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the country's foreign minister David Zalkaliani have criticised the recognition of the independence of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

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In Georgia, President Salome Zourabichvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the country’s foreign minister David Zalkaliani have criticised the recognition of the independence of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

In a tweet, Zourabichvili stated that Russia’s action “repeats the situation” that resulted in the occupation of 20% of Georgia’s territory since 2008.

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She tweeted, “🇬🇪 strongly condemns Russia’s « recognition » of 🇺🇦 Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions, repeating the scenario that led to the occupation of 20% of our territory. 🇬🇪stands by you Pdt Zelensky and in support of 🇺🇦’s territorial integrity and peace.”

Moreover, the president also showed her support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and peace by addressing words of encouragement to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Irakli Garibashvili, Georgia’s prime minister, called Russia’s recent move “another step directed against the fundamental principle of international law.”

Furthermore, PM Garibashvili said Russia’s decision was similar to the Kremlin’s recognition of the independence of Georgia’s occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).

Garibashvili also tweeted on its official Twitter account, “The recognition of #Donetsk and #Luhansk by Russia is another step directed against the fundamental principles of international law and unfortunately repeats the occupation of Georgian territories in 2008. We strongly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine🇺🇦.”

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In addition, Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani also took to Twitter to express his displeasure with Russia’s move, urging international partners to “react to another infringement of European security and international law.”

David Zalkaliani tweeted, “Recognition of #Donetsk & #Luhansk by Russia is a violation of fundamental principles of international law & repeats t/scenario of recognition & occupation of Abkhazia & Tskhinvali regions in 2008. We call on our international partners to respond to another violation of 🇪🇺 security & international law.”

Foreign Ministry also released a separate statement in which they stated, “Georgia is following with concern the recent developments around Ukraine, which is a very serious challenge to European and global security.”

Shalva Papuashvili, a Georgian parliament speaker, also reacted to the developments on Twitter:

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s decision to recognise the independence of Ukrainian regions on February 21 came after a request from Russia’s Security Council, and the Russian State Duma unanimously backed the Communist Party’s initiative to recognise the independence of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the international community has condemned Russia’s action, expressing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and warned Russia of a “swift and firm response.”

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