Russian Foreign Ministry discussed de-escalation between Tbilisi and Tskhinval with Participants in Geneva Discussions

Thu, 06/02/2020 - 23:06

The next round of negotiations is scheduled for March 31 - April 1.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko on Thursday discussed steps to reduce tension between Georgia and South Ossetia with the co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions on Security and Stability in Transcaucasia. This is stated in the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Rudenko met with the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Toivo Klaar, the UN Representative Cihan Sultanoglu and Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office for the South Caucasus Rudolf Michalka.

"An interested exchange of views on regional security took place in the context of the Geneva discussions on security and stability in the Transcaucasus. Particular attention was paid to the situation in the Georgian-South Ossetian border region. Further possible steps were discussed to de-escalate tension between Georgia and South Ossetia», - The Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The Geneva discussions on the Transcaucasia remain the only dialogue platform between Sukhum, Tskhinval and Tbilisi, based on the agreements of the presidents of the Russian Federation and France reached after the armed conflict in August 2008. Representatives of Abkhazia, Georgia, Russia, the USA and South Ossetia, as well as observers from the United Nations, the European Union and the OSCE take part in the negotiations in Geneva. The main goal of the discussions is to achieve a legally binding agreement on the non-use of force between Abkhazia and Georgia, South Ossetia and Georgia.

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