US calls on Russia to withdrawal troops from Georgian occupied territories

The United States Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo had phone conversation with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili yesterday. Photo: WSJ., 08 Aug 2018 - 13:02, Tbilisi,Georgia

The United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo reiterated strong support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty during yesterday’s telephone conversation with Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

United States Secretary of State underlined that the US would never reconcile with occupation of Georgia’s territories and would help Georgia in coping with those challenges that still exist on part of Russia 10 years after the military intervention.

Pompeo also said that the US supports Georgia’s peace initiatives and efforts targeted at peaceful resolution of conflict.

Meanwhile, the Spokesperson of US Secretary of State Heather Nauert called on Russia to withdraw its armed forces from Georgia’s occupied territories and fulfillment of the 2008 ceasefire agreement.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia are inseparable regions of Georgia and not parts of Russia. The US continues supporting Georgia’s state sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. This policy is unwavering. The US calls on Russia for pullout of armed forces to pre-war conditions,” Nauert stated.

On the question of whether the US supports Georgia’s membership in NATO, the Spokesperson of US Secretary of State responded that NATO made the decision during the Bucharest Summit that Georgia would become an alliance member.