The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said "borderisation" in the vicinity of the village of Gugutiantkari, in Gori Municipality, close to occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region "must stop immediately".
The erection of fences hinder the freedom of movement of the local population and will deprive them from access to orchards and water resources, which are key to their livelihoods”, Mogherini said.
Mogherini held a phone conversation with the Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani yesterday.
During the conversation she reiterated the European Union’s support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.
Russian occupation forces have erected dozens of border posts in the village of Gugutiantkari since August 7, when the work first began.
EU-Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn has also shared concern.
#Georgia: Concerned by recent “Borderisation” actions by Russia. #Georgia is a key partner for the #EU & we support its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Read the local #EU Statement here: https://t.co/9BOD0FR9ed— Johannes Hahn (@JHahnEU) August 20, 2019
Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic and Estonia, Tomáš Petříček and Urmas Reinsalu have also joined in other leaders.
1/2 The illegal practice of division of the #Georgian territory has been lately renewed and several Georgian citizens were even kidnapped. Recently, I familiarized myself with a complicated situation of the locals on the spot. https://t.co/C5ihQMQaIN— Tomáš Petříček (@TPetricek) August 20, 2019
Despite all calls from the international community to follow international law, Russia is continuing borderization in the occupied South Ossetia. Dividing Georgia and its people is unacceptable. @MFAgovge https://t.co/uqzHGFkFig— Urmas Reinsalu (@UrmasReinsalu) August 21, 2019
Georgian officials, including Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze and Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani have visited Gugutiantkari to familiarise with the situation on ground.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry has called on the Russian Federation “to immediately stop its illegal activities” and withdraw its forces from the Georgian territory to ensure “sustainable peace and security” on ground.