European diplomats, officials voice support for Georgia, criticism for Russian occupation in tweets

  • The ongoing occupation of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia by Russian forces was a subject of condemnation from European officials and diplomats this week. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 8 Aug 2019 - 16:37, Tbilisi,Georgia

Diplomats and government officials from Europe took to Twitter this week to voice their support for Georgia's territorial integrity and condemn the ongoing Russian occupation of the country's regions on the 11th anniversary of the 2008 war.

Ambassadors and government members posted their statements on the occupation of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia, two regions recognised as independent by Moscow following the conflict and seeing Russian military presence.

The messages of support for Georgia include tweets from Latvian and Romanian foreign ministries on the eve of the anniversary:




In other reactions to the date, Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu noted the increased troop presence from Russia in the regions since the war and human rights violations on the territories where the European Union Monitoring mission in Georgia observers are not allowed by local de-facto authorities:



Voicing further support from eastern Europe, Aurimas Taurantas, Lithuania's representative to international organisations in Vienna stressed the yet-unfulfilled obligations Russia took up by signing the August 12, 2008 ceasefire agreement that ended the five-day conflict:



Margot Wallström, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, joined and British MP Jonathan Djanogly also posted in support of Georgia's territorial integrity:




The messages come as Georgia marks 11 years since the war that saw hundreds of casualties as the Georgian Armed Forces fought the invading Russian military.

The Georgian government and public were joined by the country's partners in the West, from a statement by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia that stressed human rights violations in the two regions, to ambassadors supporting the internally displaced persons who had to leave their homes as a result of the 2008 conflict.