EU officials see threat of escalation near occupation line in Georgia

  • The Ossetian and Russian sides cancelled yesterday’s talks (the 95th session of Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM)  with the Georgian side in Russia-occupied Ergneti village as they left the session in protest. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 30 Aug 2019 - 15:12, Tbilisi,Georgia

Politicians from the European Union have responded to the tense situation that arose yesterday in the village of Chorchana, near the Russia-occupied region of Tskhinvali, Georgia.

Member of the European Parliament and Polish politician Anna Fotyga said in her Twitter post yesterday that the threat of provocation and escalation is observed as Russian occupation and Ossetian forces have concentrated along the occupation line.

She also stated that the 2020 budget of the EU Monitoring mission to Georgia should be increased.

EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell posted on Twitter yesterday that the ‘confrontational language’ used during the 95th IPRM meeting is unacceptable.

The Ossetian and Russian sides cancelled yesterday’s talks (the 95th session of Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM)  with the Georgian side in Russia-occupied Ergneti village as they left the session in protest.

The Ossetian side demanded the Georgian side to dismantle a police checkpoint that is located on Georgia-controlled area by 06:00 AM, August 30.

The Georgian side stated the Georgian police checkpoint will not be dismantled as it is located in Georgia-controlled area.

The situation remains stable along the occupation since the term of the Ossetia’s ultimatum expired.

The Georgian and Ossetian sides are currently holding a meeting.

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