Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation discussed with the EU Special Representative the situation on the border of Georgia and South Ossetia

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 17:01

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko discussed with the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Toivo Klaar, the situation on the Georgian-South Ossetian border, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.

"An exchange of views took place on the current situation in the Georgian-South Ossetian border region, as well as on some relevant topics of the Geneva discussions," the commentary on the Russian Foreign Ministry website says.

In August, South Ossetia announced the illegal construction by Georgia of a roadblock on the South Ossetian territory near the border village of Uista and demanded that the Georgian side remove it. At the meeting in the IPRM format on August 29 with the mediation of the OSCE and the European Union, the delegation of South Ossetia demanded to remove the Georgian roadblock and left the meeting because of Georgia’s refusal to compromise. After that, South Ossetia put up the roadblocks near the village and strengthened its presence in the border region. Technical meetings within the framework of the IPRM do not bring any results.

The State Security Committee (KGB) of South Ossetia on September 12 stated that the Georgian side was increasing the grouping on the border with South Ossetia, building new roadblocks. On October 18, the KGB reported on an attempt to penetrate the territory of the Republic in the area of the South Ossetian village of Uista by a Georgian intelligence group.

The other day, South Ossetia announced the construction of another Georgian roadblockt on the state border line, near the South Ossetian village of Sinagur.

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