Georgia ‘continues military build-up’ on Abkhaz, South Ossetia borders
Georgia is boosting its military potential at its borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Tuesday.
Speaking after a regular round of Geneva Discussions on security in Transcaucasia, Karasin said there was “continuing activity of sabotage and reconnaissance groups” in the breakaway republics, aimed at “destabilizing the situation” in border areas.
Such activities, he said, undermine the confidence building process between Georgia and its former republics.
He also added that the time had come for Georgia to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries and develop proper relations with them.
Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, following a five-day war with Georgia. The war began when Georgia attacked South Ossetia in an attempt to bring it back under central control.
October 4, 2011 | Russian Information Agency Novosti