NATO is calling on Russia to reverse its recognition of two Georgian lands - Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region - as independent states and to withdraw its forces from Georgia.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a special statement regarding the so-called treaty on 'Alliance and Strategic Partnership' between Russia and Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region that was signed yesterday.
Stoltenberg said NATO fully supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.
"Therefore, we do not recognise the so-called treaty on Alliance and Strategic Partnership signed between the Georgian region of Abkhazia and Russia on 24 November,” the NATO top official said.
"This so-called treaty does not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia. On the contrary, it violates Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and blatantly contradicts the principles of international law, OSCE principles and Russia’s international commitments.”
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the de-facto leader of Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region Raul Khajimba signed the new treaty in Russia’s Black Sea resort town Sochi.